AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspect is in custody after two people were shot Monday morning near Republic Square Park in downtown Austin, according to the Austin Police Department.
Police said officers responded to the call about the shooting at Fourth and Guadalupe Streets around 7:42 a.m.
Austin-Travis County EMS said both people shot were taken to the hospital — one had serious injuries and the other had injuries that were less severe.
Gabe Deleon works nearby. He saw the shooting on his way in and said he called 911.
“As I was walking over this way, I heard what sounded like a gunshot, so I turned around, and I saw a man pointing a gun the opposite direction and fire off five more rounds,” he said. “I saw him take off. He jumped on a bike and started running my direction. So I just booked it right across the street and ran into someone else’s office.”
Police told KXAN around 10:15 a.m. a suspect was caught. APD previously described him as a Black man wearing a yellow shirt on a bike. Officers were not able to confirm a suspect description following the arrest.
Deleon said first responders were able to get to the victims quickly.
“My next thought was I need to go check on these people,” he said. “Luckily there was a state police officer a couple blocks down and heard it, and he came down to check and he already had a tourniquet on one of the guy’s legs.”
In an email, Capital Metro said “there appears to have been an altercation involving two people at Republic Square prior to the incident.” We are still waiting to hear more from authorities about what led up to the shooting.
APD previously said the left bus lane was closed on Guadalupe, but the Austin Transportation Department said police activity in the area has since been cleared.
Capital Metro said the bus stop is one of its most used.