Suspect identified in deadly shooting outside boarding house


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The suspect in a deadly shooting in a southeast Austin parking lot Saturday night has been identified by police as 75-year-old John Hawkins.

The victim — who was identified Oct. 5 as Norman Ross McCarty, 56 — was shot Saturday evening in front of the South Austin Market Place, a boarding house described by police as a place for people who have recently left prison to get back on their feet.

A 911 call at 11:55 p.m. brought officers to the boarding house at 2101 E. Ben White Blvd., near Woodward Street. The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. on Sunday.

Austin police say Hawkins stayed at the crime scene and was interviewed by officers.

Hawkins said he got into an argument over a work assignment with the victim, and claimed the victim used racial slurs and spit at him.

Police say Hawkins admitted to shooting the victim and has been charged with murder.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

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