Man shot in West Campus, Austin police search for suspect

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Editor’s Note: An APD watch commander first told KXAN a shots fired call related to this shooting came in at 10:40 p.m. Sunday. On Monday afternoon, Austin Police clarified the initial information. APD said that “shots fired” call at 10:40 p.m. turned out to be fireworks. The second call, related to the shooting, came in at 11:21 p.m., putting APD officer response time at 10 minutes. APD said the two calls were assigned the same incident number, which caused confusion.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are looking for a suspect after a man was shot in West Campus Sunday night. Officers from outside the sector where that area is located had to respond, according to an APD watch commander.

Austin-Travis County EMS said medics took the man to the hospital. While his injuries are serious, they aren’t expected to be life-threatening. The University of Texas Police Department says it does not believe he is affiliated with UT.

Police got a call about a shooting at the intersection of 22nd and Pearl Streets around 11:21 p.m. APD told KXAN it came in as the highest priority call for them. APD officers arrived at 11:31 p.m. UTPD says five of its officers arrived at 11:46 p.m. after UTPD dispatch heard the call on the APD radio for the area.

UTPD says it actively monitors APD’s radio and that it and APD routinely share information. UTPD also routinely patrols and responds to crimes in the West Campus area.

When Austin police originally got the call to respond, an APD watch commander said there were no units available at the time for that particular area the department calls the Central West (Baker) sector. Officers from the south Austin (David) sector were called to respond at the time, but a sergeant from the Baker sector was the first on scene.

Austin police said it is unknown if the suspect and victim knew each other, though officers were told shots were fired from a vehicle.

A notification from the University of Texas at Austin Police Department said the vehicle is described as a silver older model SUV that is possibly a Lexus. The notification said three men and one woman are believed to have been inside the SUV at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Austin police.

UTPD sent out an alert around 12:26 a.m. to campus about the shooting. At 8:35 a.m. it replied to that tweet, saying officers were still in the area “providing courtesy escorts and visibility.” It added around noon that the campus had not been locked down and there’s no active threat to campus.

UT President Jay Hartzell released a statement Tuesday stating that UTPD would be increasing its patrol in the area.

“The safety of our campus community remains a top priority for the university. In light of recent events, I am directing UTPD to increase its patrol in the west campus area and develop additional options to enhance safety for our students. While this area is the City of Austin’s jurisdiction, we recognize that the best outcomes will stem from a coordinated effort between UTPD, the Austin Police Department and the State Department of  Public Safety,” said Hartzell. “Our new efforts will build on the $8 million investment from our Board of Regents to create a campus patrol district, hire new officers, install a network of security cameras, and establish a UTPD west campus satellite office. I appreciate the work of our university law enforcement and the Mental Health Assistance and Response Team, as well as their unwavering commitment to protect our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”

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