Attacker in Austin, Texas, wounds 13 in shooting and escapes

Marco Green
June 12, 2021

Gunfire erupted just before 1:30 a.m. along 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. Austin-Travis County EMS medics responded to the emergency, which they described as an "active attack".

EMS coming to Sixth Street? Another three people took themselves to hospitals, police said. "It appears at this point to be isolated to this one area", Chacon said. Two of the victims are in critical condition, and police say that the "suspect (s) remains at-large". One person went to an urgent care facility with multiple gunshot wounds, Chacon said. "So there is a total of 13 shooting victims".

"Our officers responded very quickly", Chacon said.

"They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets; applications of chest seals". The street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic at the time of the shooting, Chacon said.

According to reporting from CNN, federal investigators from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force are also at the scene, alongside members of the local Aggravated Assault, Homicide and Organised Crime and Gang divisions.

Authorities say the perpetrator appears to have fired randomly into the crowd. It was unclear what sparked the shooting.

Dewitt Peart, president and CEO of the Downtown Austin Alliance, said in a statement, "We are saddened that Austin has joined the far too lengthy list of communities that have experienced mass shootings". "But what we have seen in recent months and over the previous year or so is an increase in gun violence", he said, "and so this is just emblematic of that, it continues, and it's something we're trying to work to decrease". We will continue our work towards ensuring downtown is as safe, clean and welcoming for all, but today, we are thinking of those affected by this shooting. They are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward to the police.

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