‘A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out’
An assailant is on the loose in Austin, Texas, after an early morning shooting attack in the Sixth Street entertainment district, leaving one woman dead and three others wounded.
Authorities received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly after 2 a.m., Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said. Manley said a suspect began firing into the crowd after an initial disturbance.
He said one woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and three other women were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. Officials described those transported to the hospital as in serious condition, but said their wounds were not considered life-threatening. The woman who was killed is believed to be in her 20s, and the other three injured victims are in their 30s.
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Manley said another victim declined to be transported to the hospital.
“It was a very chaotic scene,” Manley said. “A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out.”
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He said officials are trying to determine who the suspects are, and he didn’t rule out that a suspect might be one of the people transported to the hospital.
Police originally reported an active shooter scene in the area, but Manley said two separate incidents caused the confusion. He said there was another confrontation in a nearby parking garage and that a shot was fired there. A man was transported to the hospital after that confrontation, but his condition was not immediately known.
The nation has been on edge since the terrorist-related mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in June that killed 49 leaving 53 wounded.