Austin Police Arrest Man Over Mass Shooting in Texas

Published June 13th, 2021 - 08:38 GMT
Austin police arrested one suspect in connection with an overnight shooting
An ATF K9 unit surveys the area near the scene of a shooting on June 12, 2021 in Austin, Texas. At least 13 people were taken to hospitals after a shooting happened on Austin's famous 6th Street. The shooter is still at large. Sergio Flores/Getty Images/AFP

Austin police arrested one suspect in connection with an overnight shooting early Saturday morning that injured 14 people, authorities said.

Police said they believe the mass shooting in Austin's popular Sixth Street Entertainment district was the result of a previous dispute and had targeted two suspects. The majority of those shots, whose injuries range from moderate to critical, were innocent bystanders in the melee, authorities said.

The name of the suspect arrested has not been released. The name of the second people police are looking for has not been made public, either.

The shooting broke out around 1:24 a.m. near 6th Street, a popular bar and nightclub district in the Texas capital, the Austin Police Department said.

The APD said the victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance, while others were taken in patrol cars. Of those injured, 11 were in stable condition and two were critical.

"It was very difficult to contain the scene, it was very difficult for [Emergency Medical Services] to make their way into this crowd," APD Chief Joe Chacon said during a news conference.

"And because of the nature of the injuries, officers had to go ahead and use their police vehicles to put some of these shooting victims into their vehicles and transport them themselves."

The APD said it believes the shooting to be an isolated incident. Investigators were reviewing surveillance video of the scene as part of the manhunt.

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