AUSTIN (KXAN) – Early Thursday morning, Austin police launched their 87th homicide investigation of 2021.

Just after midnight, several people called 911 after hearing several gunshots at the Santora Villas Apartments on Frontier Valley Drive. That’s in southeast Austin not too far from Austin’s airport.

Witnesses told police that there was a disturbance between several people in a White Dodge Charger and some apartment complex residents. The Charger left the area after the shooting, police said.

When officers arrived, they found 29-year-old James Davis with obvious trauma. Emergency crews worked to save his life, but Davis was pronounced dead at 12:22 a.m.

Police say they do not have anyone in custody for the homicide.

Detectives are asking anyone with information or video to call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS or email the unit at You can also call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 (TIPS), use the Crime Stoppers app or submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD.

In 2021, Austin police have investigated a record number of homicides. KXAN has been tracking each case and looking at how the homicide rate compares this year to recent decades.