Motive behind shooting still unknown
Two of the injured people were in critical condition but as of the news conference at 4 a.m. local time, no one had died, interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said.
Gunfire erupted just before 1:30 a.m. along 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. The street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic at the time of the shooting, Chacon said.
It was unclear what sparked the shooting.
Eleven of the injured people were taken to one local hospital, another person was taken to a different hospital, and the other person went to an urgent care facility with gunshot wounds, Chacon said.
The shooter was not immediately arrested. Chacon said the description that police had of the suspect was “not very detailed,” but said the person was believed to be a man.
Investigators were reviewing surveillance video and other evidence from the area, Chacon said. He asked anyone with information on the shooting to contact police.
1 suspect in custody, another at large
[foxnews.com – 2021.06.12] Law enforcement officials in Austin arrested one suspect in the mass shooting that took place in the Texas city’s entertainment district early Saturday morning and injured at least 14 people. A second suspect is still at large, the Austin Police Department confirmed Saturday afternoon.
The department did not release a description of the suspect who is now in custody.
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.”
Adler tweeted. “One thing is clear – greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety.”