AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two people were shot and critically wounded Tuesday night just outside of Austin police headquarters. Police are now looking for two suspects.
The alleged gunman is described as a black male in his mid-20s, 160 pounds with short-cropped hair. He was last seen wearing an all-white t-shirt with black tennis shoes and a pair of black goggles or sunglasses around his neck.
The second suspect has a similar build. He’s described as a black male in his mid-20s, 6-feet tall, 160 pounds with short hair. He was last seen wearing a black or dark hoodie and acid-washed jean shorts.
The shooting took place at 9:25 p.m. after some sort of argument in the middle of Seventh Street, police say. Austin police officers responded moments later and were able to help keep the victims alive.
“I would like to go ahead and commend two APD officers who arrived on scene very quickly and were able to provide life-saving efforts to stabilize the patients before EMS arrived on scene,” Senior Officer Christopher Irwin said.
Austin-Travis County EMS identified the victims as a man and woman in their 30s. Emergency crews took them to Dell Seton Medical Center.
APD says the victims were on their way to see a show in the downtown area. They were attempting to use the ATM at the Gulf gas station on Seventh Street when the incident occurred. Investigators will be reviewing surveillance camera footage.
Those downtown — like Richard Navarette who works at a nearby club — say the violence this year has been concerning.
“It’s been happening quite a bit around this area. So yeah, it’s not abnormal I would say,” Navarette said. “Pretty concerned, more so for business, but obviously for safety as well. It’s kind of ridiculous. I think it’s becoming a little out of hand, at this point, if you ask me.”
In the past two weeks, there have been three shootings on Seventh Street in downtown Austin, including the one Tuesday night. A fight ended with a woman being shot multiple times on July 21, and a man was shot July 27.
Police say both men in the Tuesday shooting ran from the scene but they have no reason to think this shooting is linked to any of the past shootings downtown. Police also don’t believe it’s affiliated with any gang activity. They ask if anyone knows anything about this incident to call CrimeStoppers at 512-472-8477.