Police arrest 1 of 2 in Austin mass shooting that left 14 injured

Police have arrested one person and another are searching in connection with the overnight mass shooting in downtown Austin, Texas, which left 14 people injured, Mayor Steve Adler’s office said.

Two of the injured were in critical condition, Austin Acting Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at a news conference Saturday, CNN reported.

During Saturday’s press conference , Chacon said police had identified two male suspects responsible for the shooting, adding that it appeared to be an isolated incident between the two of them.

“Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we’re still sorting out all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Chacon said.

Austin Police Department said in a statement that a suspect is in custody and the second suspect remains at free and thanked the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force for assisting with the arrest of this suspect.

Austin police received their first 911 call shortly before 1:30 a.m., followed by several more calls of shooting, Chacón said. When the shots rang out, the officers were able to respond immediately .

“They were there in a matter of seconds,” said the chief. “They quickly identified several shooting victims who were in danger. Immediate measures to save their lives began”.

The arrest came after Austin’s Sixth Street entertainment district, which was packed with people resuming life after the pandemic, became a scene of chaos and bloodshed during early Saturday morning when 14 people were injured in a mass shooting, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Chacon said investigators are reviewing video images from multiple sources Saturday, including the city’s video surveillance camera system, to determine what happened.

“The officers have their body cameras, we have the public security HALO camera system that we have had for several years, which captured parts of this incident,” said Chacon. “And of course the local companies themselves have security footage that we are reviewing for evidence.”

Mayor Adler commented on the downtown shooting in a series of tweets.

“The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic”, he said.

“APD and the City Council have initiated multiple violence prevention efforts in response- but this crisis requires a broader, coordinated response from all levels of government”.

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