AUSTIN (KXAN) — One man died following a shooting in the 400 block of East Sixth Street Thursday afternoon, Austin Police and EMS officials confirmed.
The call came in just before 1 p.m. Thursday, APD said. Officers found an adult male victim with “apparent” and “obvious trauma” to his body in the south alley, and he was pronounced dead at the crime scene.
No suspect information is currently available. APD detectives are investigating this as a homicide and are currently interviewing multiple witnesses who were in the downtown area at the time of the shooting, officials said.
Officials said no other victims were reported from this shooting and that it’s an isolated incident.
The alley is behind a row of bars on the 400 block of East Sixth Street.
“It’s a problem,” said Marc Hill, a Sixth Street business owner. “The 400 block, whether it’s the alley or the street itself. The 400 block is just a part that really needs to be monitored by the city. The city needs to step up and say ‘What can we do?'”
This stretch of East Sixth Street, which is between Trinity Street and Neches Street, has had problems in the past.
In March, four people were shot near Sixth and Trinity during the final weekend of SXSW.
It’s also the area where the June 2021 mass shooting happened.
In November 2021, two different people were shot inside a bar on the 400 block, in two separate incidents within two weeks.
Council Member Kathie Tovo says she and her staff are also concerned about the violence on the 400 block specifically. She added there’s a meeting set with Sixth Street business owners and other city departments next week to hear their concerns about this spot — and the street as a whole.
She says she has a meeting set for next week to discuss safety concerns with Sixth Street stakeholders as well as APD.
In the meantime, Hill and a group of business owners are working on their own plan — which they’re footing the bill for.
“The Pecan Street Owners Association is working with a couple of companies to start to clean out some parts of the street and the alleys,” he said. The plan is for crews to clean Sixth Street — and the alleys north and south of it — from I-35 to Congress once a week.
Thursday’s shooting happened just days before some deadlines for the Safer Sixth Street initiative.
Plans for downtown alleys, specifically, are not included in the resolution. In our interview, Council Member Tovo did bring up plans to revisit Austin’s “Alleyway Activation” project, which includes reconstructing the alleys into public spaces with seating, art or live music. She says she hopes to bring this back up to council in the coming months.
This is the 23rd homicide in Austin this year.