Portland, Oregon 2021-06-12 09:12:02 –
Austin (KXAN) — At least 13 people were injured in a shooting in downtown Austin early Saturday morning.
At a briefing on Saturday morning, interim police chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting took place on 400 E.6th Street, near Trinity Street. There are many bars in the area. The first 911 call for the shot that was fired arrived at around 1:24 am.
According to Chacon, 11 people are currently being treated in one hospital, one victim is going to another hospital and the other is being treated in an emergency room. There are no deaths to report at this time.
Two of these patients are in critical condition, according to Chacon.
Police said they were still looking for the suspected shooter. At this point, Chacon could only share vague explanations. He said the suspect might be a black man with a “thin” physique and locs-style hair. The motive for shooting is still unknown.
Chacon said it couldn’t be said Absent The suspect is not in detention and is dangerous to the public. But he said the shootings seemed to be isolated only in this area of downtown.
He said his police rushed six patients to the hospital in their patrol vehicle, but EMS paramedics in Austin-Travis County eventually took four. According to police, the three were transported by private car.
Police explained that a chaotic scene with a large crowd on 6th Avenue made it difficult for EMS and the Austin Fire Department to reach the area, and police took the victims to a police car. Chacon acknowledged his officers’ achievements in applying first aid and tourniquets to save some of the victims.
“We were ready to enter the bar on Six Street,” said witness Matt Pearlstein. “Everything was perfectly fine.”
Pearlstein said there was a large police force all night because there were so many people in the area. Later, they said they had heard the shooting.
“We heard just nine gunshots. Everyone landed on the ground. I couldn’t even understand what was happening at the time.”
“It was pretty surreal,” said witness David Frost. “I couldn’t even understand what happened outside.”
Mr Chacon said the FBI is on the scene to assist police in investigating mass shootings.
In a statement on Saturday morning Austin Mayor Steve Adler Part said: “APD and the city council have responded by launching multiple anti-violence efforts, but the crisis requires broader collaborative response from governments at all levels. One thing is clear. , Increasing access to firearms is not the same as increasing public safety. “
If you have information about shooting, please call 911 or (512) 472-TIPS.
Once the details are shared, KXAN will work to provide additional updates.
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