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31 Jul, 2016 08:04

1 dead, 4 injured in separate shootings in downtown Austin, Texas - officials

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."

Multiple units have headed to 208 East 6th Street , the Austin-Travis County EMS said, as cited by KXAN news.

Austin police subsequently reported that separate shootings had taken place in the same area. However both incidents are now under control.

“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.