More than dozen injured in downtown Austin shooting

Texas: At least 13 wounded in downtown Austin shooting

Texas: At least 13 wounded in downtown Austin shooting

Chacon says 11 of the 13 victims were in stable condition and 2 were in critical condition. Two of the victims are in critical condition, according to preliminary reports from the medics, but no fatalities have been reported so far.

Taylor Blount was at a bar on Sixth Street when he heard the gunshots.

Eleven of the injured people were taken to one local hospital, another person was taken to a different hospital, and the other person went to an urgent care facility with gunshot wounds. "So there is a total of 13 shooting victims".

"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.

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

The "large crime scene" was blocked off following the incident to begin the investigation.

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.

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Authorities say the perpetrator appears to have fired randomly into the crowd.

"It's not clear at this point what sparked this off, but out of an abundance of caution, we have notified the FBI's joint terrorism task force", Chacon said. "At this time, this appears to be an isolated incident", Chacon stated.

Police said they had received a description of a suspect, a Black male, but that it was still unclear whether one or multiple suspects were involved.

Dewitt Peart, president and CEO of the Downtown Austin Alliance, said in a statement, "We are saddened that Austin has joined the far too lengthy list of communities that have experienced mass shootings".

"The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic", he said.

Police do not know the shooter's motivation.

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