AUSTIN, TEXAS – Police have arrested one suspect and are looking for another Saturday after a mass shooting in a crowded Austin Street wounded 14 people earlier in the day, two critics.
The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force helped carry out the arrest, but it did not provide any other details other than to say that it is continuing to pursue clues for the suspect. .
Interim police chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting took place at about 1:30 a.m. in a street full of bars and cordoned off from vehicle traffic. He said investigators believe it started as a dispute between two parties. Chacon said both suspects are male, but he did not want to divulge details, as if both shots were fired, and said the investigation is continuing.
“Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we are still searching out all the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Chacon said.
One of three shootings
The mass shooting – one of at least three in the United States overnight – has sparked panic along 6th Street, a popular nightlife destination in the city where the University of Texas resides.
One witness, Matt Perlstein, told KXAN-TV that he was waiting with a friend to enter a bar when a gunfire broke out.
“Everything was fine,” Perlstein said, and then the fire shot out. “We just heard like a bunch of gunshots. Everyone came to the ground. We could not even comprehend what was going on at that time. ‘
Chacon said his officers responded quickly to the area.
“They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tournaments, applications of breasts,” he said.
Due to the chaos in the barrier street, the police drove six of the wounded with their cars into hospitals. Ambulances transported four people and the other four made their own way to hospitals, he said.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement thanking police and other first responders and praying for the victims.
Abbott said the Department of Public Safety was assisting with the investigation, and Chacon said the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also providing assistance.