AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are working to figure out what exactly led to a man’s shooting death in north Austin on Tuesday morning.
At around 9:20 a.m., Austin Police Department officers responded to the intersection of Cameron Road and Rutherford Lane after reports of a vehicle crashing into a utility pole. Officers arrived and discovered a man with signs of bodily trauma that were not related to a collision, APD says.
Despite life-saving measures, the unidentified victim — estimated to be between 30 and 35 years old — died at around 10:10 a.m.
Police say there is no suspect in custody and there’s no suspect description available. Witnesses told investigators the incident appeared to be road rage-related. It’s believed the Black male suspect may be driving a dark grey newer model Audi.
As of Wednesday, there was still no update on the victim’s identity or the suspect’s whereabouts.
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information or video, you’re asked to call APD’s Homicide Tip Line at (512) 477-3588.
This case is the 61st homicide this year. There’s been a surge in Austin murder rates over the past few months. Recently, the Greater Austin Crime Commission reported Austin’s current murder numbers are the highest the city’s ever recorded in one year.
“This number is certainly alarming,” said GACC Executive Director Cary Roberts. “But, you know, we are seeing a national trend around violent crime due to gun violence, pandemic instability, economic strain, things that traditionally lead to upticks in crime.”
KXAN is tracking the rise in homicides across the city. Follow our coverage of each case and the areas they occurred on our updated homicide map.