APD identifies suspect in deadly shooting at north Austin hotel

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police identified the man they’re looking for in connection with a deadly shooting Wednesday morning in north Austin.

After speaking with witnesses, including the victim’s father, APD said it has issued a first-degree murder warrant for 32-year-old Felix Rodriguez, stemming from a shooting that happened at the Austin Motor Inn, located at 11400 N. Interstate 35.

Felix Rodriguez (APD photo)

APD identified the victim as 22-year-old James Paul Fulda Jr.

According to APD, the two knew each other, and Fulda’s father said they were friends. They got into an argument, APD said, and that led to the shooting. Rodriguez then left the scene, APD said.

Someone called police around 2:07 a.m. saying they heard gunshots. When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as Fulda, who had been shot in a hotel room.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics attempted to save his life, but he died at the scene.

Homicide detectives are investigating. They are asking for anyone who knows anything about the suspect or the victims or what happened to use the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 or the Crime Stoppers app. You can remain anonymous.

This is Austin’s 74th homicide of the year.

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