AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are asking for community assistance tracking down a vehicle involved in a shooting Saturday morning.
An APD officer fired at a Cadillac carrying three people after they said it charged them in downtown Austin.
Officers describe the car as a dark metallic blue 2014-2019 four-door Cadillac sedan. The car did not appear to have a front license plate, according to APD.
At about 1:30 a.m., police said officers noticed the Cadillac on Neches Street near 5th Street in an area that’s normally blocked off on the weekends.
Police say the car held three to four occupants, the driver being a white or Hispanic man with short dark hair and a light colored shirt. One of the passengers is described as a white or Hispanic man with dark hair, a dark shirt with white lettering, a dark jacket and light pants.
Police said when officers tried to approach the car to let them know to turn around, the driver started speeding toward them.
As officers tried to dodge the car, that’s when police said an officer fired at the car. It’s unclear if the car was hit by the officer’s gunfire.
Police said the suspects then went eastbound on Seventh Street. Nearby officers spotted the Cadillac and start chasing it through parts of U.S.183 and S.H. 130. They ended up stopping 12 minutes into the pursuit because officers said it was too dangerous.
Chief Brian Manley said after looking through downtown surveillance cameras, they noticed the car in another part of downtown before the incident. The video showed three people inside.
Because police are still investigating what happened, several streets remain closed downtown. Eighth Street west of Red River is closed, along with Neches Street between 5th and 8th Streets.
Police told KXAN that the officer who fired his weapon has been with the department for almost 10 years and is now on administrative duty during the investigation.
APD is asking anyone with information on the suspects or the vehicle to call APD’s homicide tip line at 512-477-3599. Capital Area Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward leading to identification or arrest of these individuals.