APD investigating east Austin shooting of a 17-year-old

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating after a deadly shooting in east Austin Sunday night.

Austin police were called to the scene around Fiesta Street and Lyons Road at 11:57 p.m. Sunday after reports that shots were fired. When Austin police and fire, in addition to Austin-Travis County EMS arrived, they found 17-year-old Emmet Infante with gunshot wounds.

Infante was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, where he was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m. on Monday. The Travis County Medical Examiner later ruled Infante’s death a homicide.

After Austin homicide detectives and crime scene units began investigating at the scene, they talked to witnesses who said that two black men ran from the scene after shooting Infante.

The only information on the possible suspects is limited to one man being about 6″ tall and the other being about 5’5″ tall.

Infante was a student at East Austin College Prep.

Superintendent of Promesa Public Schools, Sal Cavazos released a statement, saying:

“We were deeply saddened to learn that the victim of last night’s shooting was a student at East Austin College Prep. We are working to keep our students and families informed as new details arise and have put in place support services through our EAPrep Support Staff, Project Care Team and Integral Care professionals for our students affected by this sad news. Counseling and support services will be available for the remainder of the week and will continue as needed.”

Infante was part of a boxing team in East Austin. His coach, Zachery Martinez described him as hard-working, with good values.

Martinez says Infante had just gotten off of work at H-E-B and was riding in a car with his girlfriend when the shooting happened. Martinez says Infante lived a few blocks away from where he was shot.

Martinez says the teen’s family is in shock.

“They’re hurting for answers, you know, and they want to know what happened,” Martinez said. “I know they’re waiting to hear back, so just hoping that if anybody saw anything or knows anything that they can come forward and just help officers with this, because Emmet didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves this.”

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