Man killed, another wounded in east Austin shooting

Crime

A 26-year-old man is dead and another injured after a shooting in east Austin Thursday evening. 

The victim was identified Friday as Keeven Darrall Cubit. 

Multiple 911 calls came in before 6:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Poquito Street, which is just north of East 11th Street, reporting the sound of shots fired. 

A police spokesperson says officers arrived in about two minutes and began performing CPR on a man with a gunshot wound to the center of his body. 

When medics with Austin-Travis County EMS showed up, they took over CPR and took the two men to the hospital.

The second man, also in his 20s, is in critical but stable condition, Austin police said Friday. Cubit was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m. 

Police said one person has been detained, but it’s unknown if the person is a suspect or a witness. 

Officers say they’re unsure whether just one person or multiple people fired at the two victims. They say they aren’t ruling out the possibility of multiple suspects.

After interviewing several witnesses, officers say they believe the victims and suspect(s) had planned to meet up Thursday evening.

Investigators say witnesses told them they saw a vehicle flee the scene after the shooting.

“I heard three gunshots and I ran outside, then I ran to the basketball court and I saw two people full of blood on the floor,” recalled Isaiah Hernandez, a neighbor. “I was petrified. It was scary, I didn’t know what to do at the moment, like, seriously, someone died, someone got killed right in my neighborhood.” 

Police say multiple homicide detectives are at the scene investigating. Police consider the shooting an isolated incident that began when the victims and the suspects decided to meet in the street.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. 

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