Austin mass shooting: 14 hurt, 2 suspects at large

Austin mass shooting: 14 hurt, 2 suspects at large

The motivation behind the shooting is now unknown and authorities have not yet given an update on the status of the suspect or suspects involved in the case. "One thing is clear - greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety", Adler said.

Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, was crowded with post-Covid revelers on Friday night when a man described as "black" with a thin build and "dreadlocks" opened fire outside a bar.

"And because of the nature of the injuries, officers had to go ahead and use their police vehicles to put some of these shooting victims into their vehicles and transport them themselves".

He said that the shooting seems to be the result of an argument between two groups of people.

The interim chief said "almost all" of the shooting victims appear to be innocent bystanders.

Austin Police Department says 13 people were injured in a shooting in Austin; the suspected shooter has not been arrested. "We have a total of 11 people transported to one hospital, one was transported to a different hospital and one person reported to an Urgent Care Clinic". Two of the victims are in critical condition, and police say that the "suspect (s) remains at-large".

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"They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets; applications of chest seals".

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Chacon said the motive for the shooting was "unclear", adding that officers were reviewing video footage of the area. The street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic at the time of the shooting, Chacon said.

Chacon said Saturday's incident was part of an alarming trend of shootings in Austin.

City and state leaders are reacting to the tragic news. Texas Department of Public Safety officers will be stationed in the Downtown entertainment district tonight to provide additional support, Chacon said.

In the early hours of 1 January 2020, two people were shot in a bar on the same street, a man and woman, who were seriously injured, at Terminal 6.

"What we have seen in recent months and over the a year ago or so is an increase in gun violence", Chacon said.

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