AUSTIN (KXAN) — Five people are in the hospital with serious, potentially life threatening injuries following a shooting in downtown Austin early Sunday morning, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.
As of Sunday afternoon, Austin Police Department tells KXAN that APD’s Aggravated Assault unit is reporting that five people were injured from this shooting and that three of them were seriously injured. Also as of Sunday afternoon, Austin Police said they don’t have any indication yet of what led up to this shooting, but those with information about what happened are asked to contact APD.
APD tweeted about the shooting at a little before 4 a.m., saying it happened in the 500 block of East 7th Street. Officers blocked off streets in the area for investigators.
ATCEMS tweeted, saying paramedics took the five adult victims to a local trauma facility.
APD tells KXAN it will provide an update on the shooting later in the day. This story will be updated as more information is available.
While the shooting happened near Austin’s Resource Center for the Homeless, Front Steps who operates the ARCH tells KXAN that no ARCH staff or clients were involved in this shooting. According to Front Steps staff, the altercation that led to the shooting happened across the street from the shelter in front of a vacant building.
The shooting happened in Austin’s downtown entertainment district and a few blocks away from Austin Police headquarters.