Austin Shooting: 1 Dead and 13 Others Are Wounded, Police Say

One of the victims died a day after the shooting, which the police said appeared to have started as “some kind of disturbance between two parties.” Most of the victims, they said, were “innocent bystanders.”,

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At Least 14 People Hurt in Austin Shooting

The police said a shooting near a crowded area in downtown Austin, Texas, early on Saturday left at least 14 people wounded or injured, with two in critical condition. It was unclear how many people opened fire and what led to the shooting.

At 1:24 a.m., Austin 911 received a call of shots fired in the area. Initially, we had a report of three victims and then as this incident unfolded, the number of victims — it became clear that there were many, many victims in this incident. At this moment, we do not have any persons that are deceased. We do have two patients that are in critical condition. We have a total of 11 people that were transported to one hospital, one person was transported to a different hospital and then one person reported to an urgent care clinic with multiple gunshot — gunshot wounds. So there’s a total, at this point that we are aware of, of 13 victims. Very large crowds. It was very difficult to contain the scene. It was very difficult for E.M.S. to make their way into this crowd. And because of the nature of the injuries, officers had to go ahead and use their police vehicles to put some of these shooting victims into the vehicles and transport them themselves to the hospital, so that they could get the urgent care that they needed. We have a lot of officers that are assigned to our downtown area command, and that actually work in this area. There’s a high visible presence of officers. We try to keep it as safe as we can. But what we have seen in recent months and over the last year or so is an increase in our gun violence. And so this is just emblematic of that. It continues.

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The police said a shooting near a crowded area in downtown Austin, Texas, early on Saturday left at least 14 people wounded or injured, with two in critical condition. It was unclear how many people opened fire and what led to the shooting.CreditCredit…Nuri Vallbona/Reuters
Published June 12, 2021Updated June 13, 2021, 7:38 p.m. ET

A victim in a shooting in a popular nightlife district in downtown Austin, Texas, died on Sunday, one day after 13 other people were wounded in the gunfire, the police said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired around 1:25 a.m. on Saturday in a district known for drawing large crowds to its bars and restaurants.

Joseph Chacon, the interim chief of the Austin Police Department, said at a news briefing on Saturday afternoon that the shooting appeared to have started as “some kind of disturbance between two parties.”

He said that there was no information to indicate the victims were intentionally targeted, and that most were “innocent bystanders.”

The chief said it was possible there are still others who were hurt who have not sought medical help or reported their injuries to the police.

The police said on Saturday afternoon that a suspect was in custody and a second suspect remained at large. The person in custody was not identified.

The police said in a statement that the victims had been wounded or injured, but the chief said that all of them had been shot.

One of the victims, identified as Douglas John Kantor, 25, died on Sunday, the police said.

Chief Chacon said that police officers used first aid gear they carry, like chest seals and tourniquets, to provide lifesaving help and that responding officers had exhausted all of their supplies at the scene.

He said that the downtown area was filled with people at the time of the shooting and that the neighborhood was drawing prepandemic crowd sizes.

Chief Chacon said there was more gun violence in the city in the past few months, a sentiment echoed by Mayor Steve Adler.

“The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic,” the mayor said on Twitter. He added, “One thing is clear — greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety.”

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