Three dead in shooting incident in Austin, medics say

Grant Boone
April 19, 2021

At least three people are dead after an attack near downtown Austin on Sunday afternoon, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

It is unknown if Broderick fled on foot or in a vehicle, and authorities are concerned that he could be hiding or take a hostage, according to Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon.

Officers initially found three adults seriously injured on the scene, all of whom were later pronounced dead.

This photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Stephen Broderick, 41.

EMS reported that the first 911 call came in at 11:44 a.m.

No other casualties "have been reported or located at this time", Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services also wrote.

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"We are heartbroken by the news of this senseless tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of Willie Simmons III and Alyssa Broderick", Elgin ISD superintendent Jodi Duron said in a statement.

Simmons, a senior at Elgin High, signed with North Texas last December during the early signing period. Simmons was the football team captain and had been recently recruited to play at the University of North Texas next year.

Chacon said Broderick knew the victims and targeted them.

Duron said Simmons "was an exceptional young man and leader among his peers".

Chacon said that Broderick was a former deputy with the Travis County sheriff's office, which is based in Austin.

The newspaper also reports that Broderick's wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after his arrest. It added, "While a suspect is still at large it appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated and there is no risk to the general public".

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