Teen shot in northeast Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teen was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries after being shot in northeast Austin Monday night.

According to tweets from Austin-Travis County EMS, medics transported a teen male with critical injuries from a gunshot wound to Dell Seton Medical Center

Police say the boy was in his car when multiple people approached him. The shooting happened just before 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Barns Trail and St. Merryn Road, which is north of US 290.

Blood stains were seen on the ground on both sides of the intersection of Barns Trail and St. Merryn Road. 

No one has been arrested.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Austin police could not provide any new details on this case. APD is the lead agency in this investigation, but the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting. 

Yvonda Jeffries, who lives near the scene where law enforcement conducted their investigation, explained that she was about to go to bed when everything happened. 

“I hear a bang on the door and when I came downstairs no one was there and when I looked out the door and the young man was running across the street and screaming, ‘I’ve been shot, somebody help me please help me!'” Jeffries recalled. 

Jeffries and another family said they worked together to help the teen call 911. Neither knew the teen but said they believe he had come from the park nearby.

Jeffries said she saw what appeared to be gunshot wounds on the victim’s mouth, shoulder and side. 

“He kept walking around in circles talking about, ‘They set me up! They set me up!’ ” Jeffries said. “I’m like, ‘Well, we’re trying to figure out who set you up and who shot you just in case they’re around here in this neighborhood.'”

Jeffries said first responders showed up shortly after, but she never got a straight answer from the teen about how he had been shot. 

Neighbors described the block where the investigation happened as very family friendly, noting that the school bus pick-up location is near where the victim was picked up by EMS. 

“Thank God that none of the kids were out at that time,” Jeffries said. She is also a mom and said she decided to help out because she hopes that someone else would have opened up their door if her children ever got into a similar situation. 

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