CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — The Cedar Park Police Department provided updates on Austin Robert Burroughs, who was shot and killed Sunday night, in addition to the woman who was with him when he died.
Burroughs and the woman on the scene were husband and wife, according to police. The woman lives at the apartment complex and Burroughs, who was a member of the United States Air Force, was visiting her from his residence at a duty station.
KXAN spoke with one Lakeline Villas apartment complex resident — a neighbor of the woman — on Tuesday who says she wishes she would have responded differently when she heard the shooting this weekend outside her apartment.
“I feel horrible that I didn’t come out and at least support her. I know there’s nothing I could have done. I’m not a paramedic. But I feel horrible that she was just out here alone with her husband, dying. Looking back on it,” she continued, “I wish I would have because if I was in that situation, I would want people to come out and help me too.”
KXAN is not identifying the neighbor by name or showing her face in our filmed interview because, given the circumstances of the crime and the fact that the shooter remains on the run, she is afraid of what could happen.
“I was sitting in my living room watching TV and I heard the shot. I heard the woman screaming,” she said. “She watched her husband get murdered — I’ll never forget that scream. That was a scream I never want to experience. I never want to have to scream like that – ever. I don’t even know how to describe it.”
The woman says what upsets her the most is that she sat inside and didn’t do anything because she was too afraid to. She has a toddler and she didn’t know if the shooter would still be outside.
“I can’t imagine how scared she was and how she felt. I just want to apologize to her that I didn’t help her. I’m sorry,” she added, crying. “It’s scary. You never imagine that to happen.”
The woman says she’s lived in the complex for four years and has never felt unsafe there, until now.
The police are still searching for the suspect who approached Burroughs and his wife in their parked car and fired.
Anyone with information about the shooting or suspect is asked to contact Cedar Park Detective Kristy Whitley at (512) 260-4816 or via email at email@example.com/tip411.