Fourteen people were hurt in a shooting on Sixth Street in Downtown Austin. Originally, police reported that 13 people were hurt. They believe it was an isolated incident but could not rule out the male suspect posing a further risk to the public. "So there is a total of 13 shooting victims".
'Our officers responded very quickly, ' Chacon said.
Reporter Tony Plohetski has since shared that a suspect has been arrested and that officials from the Austin police and Lone Star Fugitive Task Force worked to arrest the man. "They were able to immediately begin lifesaving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets, applications of chest seals, and other types of first aid equipment that they carry on their person". The street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic at the time of the shooting, Chacon said.
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The shooter or shooters remain at large, and detectives were working rapidly to view an array of video gathered by bystanders and other cameras near the scene in the 400 block of East Sixth Street to identify any suspects. Several outlets described the post-shooting scene as "chaotic", with medical first responders taking four of the victims to the hospital while police and private vehicles transported the other nine. Although the shooting happened during ROT Rally, the interim chief said the incident was not related.
City and state leaders are reacting to the tragic news.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Saturday that the "uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic". Texas Department of Public Safety officers will be stationed in the Downtown entertainment district tonight to provide additional support, Chacon said.
Austin City Council member Mackenzie Kelly took time Saturday morning to thank the swift response from law enforcement.
"What we have seen in recent months and over the previous year or so is an increase in gun violence", Chacon said.