AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police officers were involved in a shooting in the early morning hours of Sunday.
Police say the shooting took place just after 3 a.m. Sunday near Interstate 35 and Seventh Street, right by Austin Police headquarters. It was one of two shootings overnight.
The area was still crowded with people waiting in lines for after-hours parties at South by Southwest. Cameron Barton, who works the front door at Scratchouse, said he heard the gunfire.
“I was thinking it was gunshots and then once it rang out again, I knew it was gunshots for sure,” he said. “And so then we started to worry about the safety of our customers, so we were trying to get them inside.”
According to police, two vehicles, a dark-colored Maseratti and a dark-colored Monte Carlo with a racing stripe, got into a collision near Neches Street and Seventh Street. The two cars continued to drive until they stopped near I-35 and Seventh Street.
Police say two men from the Maserati walked over to the Monte Carlo and started punching the driver. The driver of the Monte Carlo started firing a weapon, hitting at least one of the men, who then began firing back at the Monte Carlo.
APD had 50 officers working Sixth and Seventh Streets, east Sunday morning. Four nearby officers responded to the incident by opening fire at the shooter. Of the four police involved, two have worked on the force for seven years, one for 12 years and the last one for three years.
“As this gunfire rings out and this dangerous situation plays out as everyone is running away, the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department ran toward that gunfire, in fact putting themselves directly in the line of fire in an attempt to put a stop to this threat,” said APD Chief Brian Manley during a press conference on the shooting.
One person in traffic attempting to escape the incident was shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.