AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have identified a 16-year-old boy who died in a shooting Tuesday night in north Austin.
Police were called to a Walgreens store parking lot at 12601 Tech Ridge Boulevard around 8:40 p.m. and found Luke Kemper with a gunshot wound. Austin-Travis County EMS took Kemper to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, and he was pronounced dead at 9:14 p.m., police say.
However, APD said the actual shooting happened in the 12300 block of Yarmont Way in a neighborhood, which is about a mile and a half away from the Walgreens.
An APD press release says the group of friends with Kemper at the time of the shooting gave officers false information about the circumstances leading up to the shooting that appears to be a homicide.
Another group of Kemper’s friends gave police information about what happened, and investigators are looking for other witnesses to figure out how everything happened, police said.
The investigation is ongoing, but police say preliminary information suggests the incident could be related to a “purchase of a small amount of marijuana.”
The Travis County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy and determine the cause and manner of death.
There’s a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect, and anyone with information should call the APD homicide division at 512-974-8477 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477.