Austin mass shooting: Police hunt 2 suspects after 14 injured in downtown entertainment district

One suspect has been arrested, 根据 Austin-American Statesman, though Fox News has not yet confirmed that report.

Two of the victims are in critical condition, while the other 12 are stable, interim Austin 警察 Chief Joseph Chacon said Saturday, adding that almost all of them were innocent bystanders.

Gunfire erupted around 1:30 上午. on 6th Street, a popular strip of bars and restaurants where thousands of people gather every weekend.

There was a large crowd of people that were there at that time,” Chacon said. “It is always busy at that time. We are back to our normal size crowds that we were seeing before 冠状病毒病 hit.

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Chacon described the lone suspect as a Black male with a black shirt, skinny build anddreadlock-typehair – but told reporters early Saturday that the description isn’t very detailedbased on the chaotic nature of the incident.

Police officers were on the block and able to respond to the shooting within seconds, immediately starting life-saving measures such as applying tourniquets and other first aid.

“我们有 14 people that were shot, and none of them to this point have lost their life,” Chacon said. “I truly believe that it was our officersquick actions that are largely responsible for that.

Police transported six of the victims to a local hospital, while EMS transported four and the other four went to the hospital themselves.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Saturday that theuptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic.

APD and the City Council have initiated multiple violence prevention efforts in response- but this crisis requires a broader, coordinated response from all levels of government,” Adler tweeted. “One thing is cleargreater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety.

Chacon also lamented staffing shortages at the Austin Police Department, saying that the Texas Department of Public Safety has agreed to send officers to help with security Saturday night.

It is making it hard to staff at these levels even if we offer overtime to our officers,” Chacon said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call 911 or APD’s tip line at (512) 472-TIPS.

福克斯新闻’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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