AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a murder suspect.
Police said they are looking for Osmar Escobar Gaona, 20, related to a May 21 deadly shooting at a north Austin club. He’s wanted on a first-degree murder charge. APD previously said in June Gaona fled the country to Mexico.
John Ferney Moreno-Cendales, 47, was the victim of the shooting. He was shot and taken to the hospital, where he died.
Police said Gaona is considered armed and dangerous. If you know where he is, officers ask that you not approach him and instead call 911.
The club is located in the 9600 block of North Interstate 35. That’s just north of East Rundberg Lane. The shooting took place just before 4 a.m.
Austin Police and EMS responded to the scene, where they found Moreno-Cendales shot. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead at 4:28 a.m. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office determined through an autopsy Moreno-Cendales died from a gunshot wound in the manner of homicide, APD said.
The investigation found Gaona to be a suspect in the shooting, APD said.
Anyone with details can call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477.