AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating a parking lot shootout at a Central Austin motel early on Sunday morning that left one person dead and two others injured.
Officers were called to Habitat Suites at 500 East Highland Mall Boulevard at approximately 2:28 a.m. Initial reports said about 40 shots were fired. More calls came in reporting a large amount of gunfire.
When APD arrived at the scene, they say they found a group of people scattering and trying to leave the parking lot, but didn’t find any victims.
Austin 9-1-1 received a call from Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas that a black man with a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital by friends from that area.
Despite attempted, life-saving measures, the victim, identified as 24-year-old Kalvin Anderson, was pronounced dead at 4:32 a.m Sunday.
Investigators say the shooting started with a verbal argument between two groups of people and escalated into a physical fight. Two women were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both have been released. The suspects were only identified as black males, according to APD.
A car had been shot up and lots of shell casings were found on the ground, APD senior patrol officer Demitri Hobbs said on Sunday.
On Monday, police added that several cars, damaged by gunshots, were towed to a forensic facility for processing. If anyone is searching for their vehicle from the motel parking lot, they are asked to call APD Homicide.
Detectives are asking anyone with video or information about this incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at email@example.com. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD