More than dozen injured in downtown Austin shooting

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 12, 2021

A mass shooting that erupted in an entertainment district in downtown Austin early Saturday morning has left 13 people injured, including two in critical condition, police say.

The street was barricaded to keep out vehicles at the time of the shooting, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said.

Six people were taken to a hospital by the Austin Police Department, and the Austin-Travis County EMS brought in four others for medial treatment, Chacon said. "They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets; applications of chest seals and other types of first aid equipment".

The motivation behind the shooting is now unknown and authorities have not yet given an update on the status of the suspect or suspects involved in the case.

They added that the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident, although an investigation was still ongoing.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Team is also on scene, Chacon said.

Those who have the information, or who may have witnessed the shooting, or what happened before the shooting, will be asked to call the 911 or 512-472-TIPS police tipline.

The shooter was not immediately arrested.

The suspect is still at large and is believed to be a man. Mr Chacon said their understanding of the offender was "not very detailed".

Authorities are looking at video footage captured on CCTV and other evidence gathered from the area.

Officers run towards the spot on 6th Street in Austin where the shooting took place Saturday morning. He was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond. Gunshot wound. One on the abdomen. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Samuel Cassidy, 57, shot dead nine Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) employees in the early hours of May 26, before he turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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