About five women and shot and one of the women died after two separate shootings in downtown Austin early Sunday morning.
According to the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, the person killed was a woman in her 20s. The other three women in their 30s are recovering in University Medical Center at Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. Another woman refused transport to the hospital.
Austin police sent first-responders to the 200th block of 6th street after reports of a woman shot after 2:15 AM local time.
The police department then updated its dispatch with another report of shots fired at a parking garage on 8th and Trinity street. They said the man pulled out a gun and fired it. Witnesses had taken the man down in the scene while the EMS had taken him to the hospital.
Chief Art Acevedo said in a Sunday statement that the department urges anyone with video evidence to present it to the department through email.
Bars in the area had temporarily closed activities after the incident.
APD Chief of Staff Brian Manley said:
“As officers arrived, as you can imagine, with this being shortly after 2 a.m., and the large crowds we have on Sixth Street at this time, all the individuals leaving the bars, it was a very chaotic scene,” Manley said. “A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots that were coming out.”
The second, unrelated, incident began just seven minutes later. Police got a call about a disturbance at a parking garage just blocks away from the first incident.
“One individual (there) did pull out a weapon and fire it at another individual,” Manley said.