AUSTIN, TEXAS – Someone set fire to a popular entertainment district in downtown Austin early Saturday, wounding 13 people, including two critics, before they left, authorities said.
Investigators have been investigating what sparked the shooting, but could not get a detailed description of the shooter, although they believe it was a man and went through surveillance videos and other evidence, interim police chief Joseph Chacon said. said at a news conference at 4 p.m. He asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact police.
The gunfire erupted just before 1:30 a.m. along Sixth Street, a popular area full of pubs and restaurants that attract thousands of visitors to the nearly 1 million-strong city where the University of Texas is home. At the time of the shooting, the street was blocked to allow only pedestrian traffic, Chacon said.
‘A bunch of gunshots’
Matt Perlstein told KXAN-TV that he was waiting with a friend to enter a bar when the shooting started.
“Everything was perfectly fine,” Perlstein said, then fired. “We just heard like a bunch of gunshots. Everyone comes to the ground. We could not even understand what was going on at the time. ‘
Eleven of the wounded were taken to one local hospital and the other two were taken to other hospitals, the principal said.
“Our officers responded very quickly,” the interim chief said. “They were able to immediately start life-saving measures for many of these patients, including tournament applications and chest applications.
Some officers brought patients to the hospital due to the chaotic situation at the shooting scene, where it was difficult to keep the crowd in check and get ambulances to the wounded, Chacon said.
Police did not immediately respond to phone messages seeking updates.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement thanking police and other first responders and praying for the victims. He said the Department of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.