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AUSTIN, Texas — Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin street left 14 people wounded early Saturday, two of them critically.
The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted in making the arrest, but it provided no other details other than to say it is continuing to follow up on leads for the suspect still at large.
The article goes on to state the following:
Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic. He said investigators believe it began as a dispute between two parties. Chacon said both suspects are male, but declined to disclose details such as whether both fired shots, saying the investigation was underway.
Chacon said, “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.”
“Everything was totally fine,” one witness Matt Perlstein, told KXAN-TV. “We just heard like … a bunch of gunshots going off. Everyone got on the ground. We couldn’t even comprehend what was going on at the time.”
“There were a total of 13 victims who sustained gunshot wounds or were injured,” the APD said in the press release. “Eleven victims are in stable condition, and two victims are in critical condition. At this time, no fatalities have been reported.”
Police described the suspect as a “black male, with dread locks, wearing a black shirt and a skinny build” and asked for any information from the public that may lead to his arrest.
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) June 12, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott thanked police and other first responders in a statement and offered prayers to the victims.
Thank you to APD & first responders for saving lives.
Join Cecilia & I in prayer for those who were injured. pic.twitter.com/tNvtsCRcwg
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 12, 2021
Police arrest one of two in Austin mass shooting that wounded 14 https://t.co/Cls6B4X8Z7
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 13, 2021
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