At least 13 injured in shooting in Austin’s 6th Street entertainment district

Grant Boone
June 13, 2021

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. Authorities say the shooter appears to have fired randomly.

Officers run towards the spot on 6th Street in Austin where the shooting took place Saturday morning. "So there is a total of 13 shooting victims". He said that officers had to put some of the shooting victims in patrol cars and take them to the hospital themselves so they could get the urgent care that they needed. They believe it was an isolated incident but could not rule out the male suspect posing a further risk to the public.

Six people were taken to a hospital by the Austin Police Department, and the Austin-Travis County EMS brought in four others for medial treatment, Chacon said.

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

"They were able to immediately begin life saving measures for many of these patients", he added.

"Security (on Sixth Street) is always pretty good down here because of the way that we cordon off the streets, block off the streets, using barricades and try to keep people safe that way", he said.

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Police are now reviewing camera footage from multiple sources, including the Public Safety Camera System, police body cameras and business surveillance video to determine what happened. © Austin Police Department via AP Chief of police Joseph Chacon provies an update on overnight shootings in Austin, Texas, June 12, 2021. Although the shooting happened during ROT Rally, the interim chief said the incident was not related.

A wider epidemic of deadly shootings is now gripping American cities, with a New York City man fatally shot in the head Friday morning.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement, "The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country ..."

"One thing is clear - greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety".

A 29-year-old woman was killed and another 10 people were injured in a shooting on Chicago's South Side early Saturday.

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