Man killed in north Austin parking lot ‘gun battle’ was part of an attempted robbery

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have identified a man who was shot and killed inside his car at a game room parking lot in north Austin early Friday morning.

Police believe there was a shootout and found a number of guns at the scene.

The shooting happened at 1:47 a.m. at 11804 North Lamar Boulevard. That’s just north of West Braker Lane. Officers were near the area at the time and responded quickly.

The victim is identified as Joseph Anthony Aguilar Campos. He was found unresponsive and slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle, which police say had crashed into a tree. Officers attempted life-saving measures, but Campos was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:18 a.m.

“There was an exchange and gunfire — a gun battle,” Austin Police officer Bino Cadenas said. “There are reports of multiple people having weapons. We did recover some weapons in the vehicle.”

So far police have not made any arrests but witnesses have described seeing two Hispanic males and one Hispanic female in a white sedan with a black hood; and two Hispanic males in a dark-colored sedan drive off after the shooting.

The incident is believed to be an isolated incident between three groups of people who knew each other. APD says some of them were even family members.

In a briefing Friday, APD said “We believe this is a narcotics transaction that turned into an attempted robbery.”

APD confirmed on Friday that Campos was not only the victim in the shooting, but that he had been part of the attemped robbery. Campos was also not found in the car he’d arrived to the scene in, police say.

The shooter is not yet known and is not considered having been part of the robbery team. He may have been acting in self-defense, according to APD.

Police say the shooting took place near a gaming lounge and hookah lounge and about a dozen people were inside those businesses at the time. Police interviewed them before letting them leave.

No one else was injured.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” and your message to CRIMES.

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