Neighbors describe large crowd running in a panic after deadly birthday party shooting Sunday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — One person died and a second is in a critical condition after a south Austin shooting early Sunday morning that police say stemmed from an argument at a birthday party.

Police and medics were called to the 11500 block of Robert Wooding Dr., which is south of Slaughter Lane and just east of Menchaca Road, around 12:30 a.m.

Neighbors told KXAN they’d heard loud music coming from one home most of the night. They say a little after midnight, they heard a loud scream, then the music shut off.

“Next thing you know, we just kind of see people running,” recalled Brigitte Cordova, who lives down the street. “There’s a line of cars trying to get out, and we’re like, ‘What is going on?’ All we can see is panic.”

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second person suffered critical life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

APD said detectives spent time at the scene talking to witnesses about what happened and trying to track down the shooter. However, investigators still urged others who were at the party to come forward, mentioning that there were many witnesses with potentially helpful information.

“If anybody was here and sees this now, you’re not going to get in trouble,” Cordova said, in a plea for witnesses to help police. “I think you’re going to be doing the police a favor letting them know who it is, that way the person who lost their life that night, their family can have the comfort to know and that justice is going to be served.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call APD.

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