North Texas signee Willie Simmons among three killed in Austin shooting

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Police are hunting the gunman who killed three people Sunday afternoon in Austin, capital of USA state of Texas. On Sunday, police swarmed the area searching for 41-year-old Stephen Broderick, who is considered armed and unsafe.

No additional patients had been transported as of 2 p.m. and 18 units were on the scene, EMS said.

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

Broderick, according to local reports is a former Travis County Sheriff's detective. Officers arrived on scene following a 911 call.

The shooting took place around 11:42 a.m. Sunday, the Austin-Travis County EMS reported Sunday. Chacon also said a child was involved but that the child has been located and is safe.

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Simmons played linebacker at Elgin High School and originally committed to North Texas in April of 2020.

"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. "He was the captain of our football team, a friend to everyone he met; and most recently, recruited to play football for the University of North Texas". A preliminary investigation indicated that the suspect knew the victims.

Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said Stephen Broderick was suspected in Sunday's deaths of two women and a man. Chacon said Broderick knew the victims, but didn't elaborate on how or provide a motive for the shootings.

Broderick's wife filed for divorce and a protective order after his arrest, the Statesman first reported, citing court documents.

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