1 person killed in north Austin shooting, suspects may have worn wigs


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is investigating after a deadly shooting in north Austin Friday night.

APD said it happened in the 1100 block of Mearns Meadow Boulevard, near Quail Creek Neighborhood Park and Rutland Drive. The call came in just after 9 p.m. reporting that someone had been shot.

When officers arrived, they found an unresponsive victim, who APD identified on Thursday as Jose Franklin Rodriguez, sitting inside a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound. Despite life-saving measures by Austin-Travis County EMS, he was ultimately pronounced dead at 9:23 p.m.

Witnesses say right before the incident, they heard an argument and saw a struggle inside the victim’s vehicle. Then, they told officers, they heard several gunshots and saw several people fleeing from the scene. It’s believed the motive for the murder was robbery.

Police are looking for a tan or silver four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota or an Infiniti, which witnesses saw leaving the location.

The APD Homicide Unit is investigating, and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office will do an autopsy.

Right now, there’s no description of the suspect or suspects, but police believe they may have been wearing one of the wigs pictured above. If anyone has information or video surveillance in the area, you can call the Homicide Tip Line at (512) 477-3588.

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