[BREAKING] Two Suspects Sought In Austin Mass Shooting That Injured 13
At least thirteen people were wounded in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas early on Saturday, police said, adding the suspected shooter was still at large. Two of the injured are reported to be in critical condition, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said in a statement.
The mass shooting took place at about 1:30 am local time in the Sixth Street Entertainment District area. There were no deaths reported at the time of the police statement.
Police have not yet determined the cause for the shooting, but have called in the FBI Joint Terrorism task force to assist in the investigation. Authorities have zeroed in on two suspects and are working to confirm their identities thanks to an array of video gathered by bystanders and other cameras near the scene in the 400 block of East Sixth Street to identify any suspects. Authorities say it appears the shooter or shooters fired randomly. Austin-Travis County EMS medics responded at 1:25 a.m. to what they described as an “active attack.” Medics took four people to the hospital by ambulance, Austin police took six others to the hospital, and three were taken by private vehicle, EMS officials said.
The shooting falls on the five-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at the Pride nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Five years ago today, 49 were killed and 53 wounded at the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando.
Today, we woke up to three more mass shootings and 32 shot: on Austin’s 6th street; in a Savannah, Georgia, neighborhood; on the south side of Chicago.https://t.co/SeO38bIDZD
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 12, 2021
The Republic of Texas biker rally is happening in Austin this weekend, which also typically draws thousands of motorcyclists to the city and the entertainment district. The crowd in the city’s entertainment district at the time was near the size of a “pre-pandemic” group according to police, meaning potentially tens of thousands of people gathered in the area anchored by Sixth Street.
NEW: This is video of the aftermath of the downtown Austin shooting showing officers performing first aid on the wounded.
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) June 12, 2021
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