AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is seeking the public’s help with identifying suspects wanted in a deadly southeast Austin robbery that occurred earlier this week, according to an APD news release.
At approximately 2:49 p.m. Monday, officers received a report regarding a shooting in the 7700 block of Springfield Drive, the release said. The caller told police there was a man shot inside a vehicle.
On-scene officers found the driver of the vehicle, Brian Serrano, 19, with apparent gunshot wounds, police said. Serrano died on the scene.
Serrano’s family shared a statement with KXAN, calling him a charismatic, motivated young man who grew up boxing competitively.
A woman, who was not identified by police Wednesday and was a passenger inside the vehicle, had non-serious injuries from debris during the shooting, the release said.
“Brian worked at an Auto Collision Center, where he was known as a fast learner and motivated to work,” the statement continued. “Brian worked very hard to help his mother who he loved dearly, anyone who knew Brian knew he loved his mom and described him as a respectable hard working young man. He had many goals and plans set for his and his wife’s future.”
According to police, investigators believe this started as a robbery committed by several suspects unknown to Serrano and the woman and then escalated to murder. Police said the suspects abandoned their stolen vehicle and left the area in another one.
Anyone with any information should contact APD at (512) 974-TIPS. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting austincrimestoppers.org or calling (512) 472-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for any information that leads to an arrest.
This case is being investigated as Austin’s 29th homicide of 2023, according to police.