1 dead, 4 injured in separate shootings in downtown Austin, Texas - officials
At least one person has been killed, and four injured in Austin, Texas after two separate shootings in the downtown area of the city, emergency services and police stated.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene and two women and one man were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, Captain Rick Rutledge of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services told AP.
A fourth person was also injured but declined the option of having medical treatment, officials confirmed.
Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed that the deceased is the woman in her 30s.
Manley also said that two incidents were 'unrelated,' and there was no active shooter present.
"It was a very chaotic scene," Manley said. "A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out."
According to Manley, the suspect may be among those transported to hospitals.
"We have multiple individuals, witnesses, that we are currently interviewing," Manley said. "We had one individual who was initially noted as a person of interest, however that person's status at this point is undetermined."
Austin Mass Shooting / mounted police clearing area / multiple gunshot victims / AFD arrives / Scene Secured pic.twitter.com/ESAU3LR1jz— Anonymous Insurgency (@AnonInsurgency) July 31, 2016
Multiple units have headed to 208 East 6th Street , the Austin-Travis County EMS said, as cited by KXAN news.
Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown. Media: Dont call for updates at this time, more to follow. PIO6— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) July 31, 2016
Austin police subsequently reported that separate shootings had taken place in the same area. However both incidents are now under control.
Update: separate shootings within the same area. Both scenes are secure at this time. PIO responding to identify staging area.— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) July 31, 2016
“We just literarily saw three people being shot in downtown Austin,” one local resident wrote on Instagram, after posting a video that showed the aftermath of the attack.
BREAKING: Multiple people shot in downtown Austin https://t.co/Uy1jTT1OTU— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) July 31, 2016