TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The man accused of killing one and injuring 14 others in a mass shooting on Sixth Street in downtown Austin in June 2021 appeared in court Tuesday for his first hearing.
De’ondre White, 20, is being charged with murder and 14 counts of aggravated assault after police said he fired a handgun multiple times into large crowds of people on Sixth Street. The shooting resulted in the death of 25-year-old Douglas Kantor who was visiting Austin from Michigan.
According to court records, White and a group of friends drove to Sixth Street from Killeen when they encountered a rival group of men they knew from Killeen.
A person involved in the initial confrontation told APD that a person in the other group showed a gun, which is when that person said White pulled his handgun and fired multiple rounds into crowds of people. Two additional witnesses ultimately identified White as the shooter.
Crime scene investigators found eight cartridges at the scene in front of a pub on the sidewalk near the north curb line in the 400 block of East Sixth Street. A preliminary examination determined the eight cartridge cases were most likely fired from the same gun, according to the affidavit.
“Based on both forensic and eyewitness testimony, we have full confidence that the person responsible for the shooting has been arrested and is no longer a danger to our community. At this time, we believe that Mr. White was the only shooter,” according to a press release issued by Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza.
White’s defense attorney, Russ Hunt, arrived in court around 11:15 a.m. He, White and a representative for the State stood in front of the judge for a few minutes. The State wants to expedite the case stating that it feels the investigation is complete. The judge issued a standing discover order and scheduled the next hearing for White in eight weeks.
Kantor’s family attended the hearing as well.
White is currently being held in the Travis County Correctional complex on a $1 million bond.