Affidavit: Name-calling, fistfight led to deadly downtown Austin club shooting Sunday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police made an arrest following the deadly shooting inside a downtown Austin club early Sunday morning that they say started with a fistfight.

Adriean Dewayne Benn (Austin Police Department Photo)
Adriean Dewayne Benn (Austin Police Department Photo)

Police arrested Adriean Dewayne Benn, 22, Wednesday on a murder charge. He’s accused of shooting Jorian Donte Hardeway, 24, multiple times inside Club Swing at 621 East Seventh Street. The shooting took place just after 4 a.m.

Hardeway was rushed to Dell Seton Medical Center where he later died.

An arrest affidavit said Hardeway and his girlfriend got to the club at 3:30 a.m. March 14, and the girlfriend noticed Hardeway got in an argument with two men. She recognized one of them as Benn, the affidavit says.

Benn then used a derogatory term toward Hardeway’s girlfriend, and Hardeway punched Benn in the face, the affidavit said. The girlfriend tried to pull Hardeway away, but he and Benn fell to the ground and that’s when Benn pulled out a gun and starting shooting, the affidavit said.

After the shooting, the girlfriend said Benn also hit Hardeway with the butt of the handgun, according to the affidavit.

The girlfriend positively identified Benn to police, the affidavit said.

Benn’s attorney, Marc Chavez, told KXAN he was assigned Benn’s case Thursday, said once he’s fully briefed on it, he will contact us and provide a statement.

Homicide detectives did not initially have a suspect on Sunday and put out a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. They have not yet said whether a tip led them to Benn.

This is Austin’s 13th homicide of 2021, putting the city on pace for 66 homicides this year. There were 48 homicides in 2020.

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