At least 1 person shot at central Austin hotel, taken to hospital


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating a shooting at a central Austin hotel that sent at least one person to the hospital early Tuesday morning.

The Austin Police Department said detectives were at a La Quinta hotel located at 5812 N. Interstate 35 near East U.S. Highway 290 and Koenig Lane.

APD reported one person was shot, and another was taken to a hospital. However, authorities didn’t know the extent of the victim’s injuries.

Michael Romigh was staying in a nearby room at the hotel with his dog and ex-girlfriend and says he got up to get water in the middle of the night when bullets came through their room walls.

“I just started hearing pops and saw what looked like smoke coming off the wall and realized that they were bullets flying through from the other side of the wall,” Romigh explained.

He said he counted about four to five shots before he realized what was happening and pulled his dog and ex-girlfriend to the ground. They weren’t hurt.

Romigh says they couldn’t see what was happening or the suspect, but called APD immediately. He’s now concerned about crime rates in Austin.

“Honestly, I’m kind of scared and angry that this is happening in Austin, I mean, this is not the way it used to be, and I don’t like it at all,” he said.

“Suddenly you’re just in mortal danger when you’re getting up to go get some water. I mean, it’s ridiculous,” he continued later.

APD said the shooting happened at 3:45 a.m. KXAN is working to get more information about the shooting, and we’ll update this story once we get an update from APD.

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