(AUSTIN, Texas) – Two suspects are at large after a mass shooting that injured 14 people in downtown Austin’s entertainment district early Saturday.
Two victims are in critical condition and 12 are in stable condition, the Austin Police Department said.
Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon did not provide any further information on the two suspects, but said he believed both men could be successfully taken into custody.
After the shots were reported at 1:24 am local time, “a large crowd” dispersed, the police said.
The shooting appears to be an isolated two-party incident, Chacon said at a press conference, adding that most of the victims were “innocent bystanders”.
Chacon praised the officers’ quick actions – he said they ran to the victims, put tourniquets on, and performed CPR – which he believed played a role in preventing deaths.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted, “The rise in local gun violence is part of a worrying surge in gun violence across the country as we end the pandemic.
“The APD and city council have launched several violence prevention efforts in response – but this crisis requires a broader, coordinated response from all levels of government. One thing is clear – better access to firearms does not mean greater public safety, ”said Adler.
Adler added, “We are fortunate to have no deaths but remain concerned about the two people in critical condition.”
We’re now focusing on catching the suspect. We urge you to call 911 or the APD Tippline if you think you have relevant information.
The rise in local gun violence is part of a worrying surge in gun violence across the country as we end the pandemic.
– Mayor Adler | To be vaccinated! (@ BürgermeisterAdler) June 12, 2021
Any witness or person with information will be asked to call the police, Chacon said.
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