Suspicious death investigated after shooting in southeast Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is investigating a suspicious shooting death in southeast Austin Saturday night.

It happened around 11:55 p.m. at the South Austin Marketplace, a boarding house at 2101 E. Ben White Blvd. that APD describes as a place for people recently released from prison or jail to stay while they get back on their feet.

“I was just out there making my rounds when I hear some shots,” said resident James Ward. “I don’t know if it was three or four or something like that.”

Two men got into an argument outside the Marketplace before one of them shot the other, according to police and witnesses.

A man in his 40s was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center for a gunshot wound, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

Austin police confirm that he later died from those injuries.

A person of interest is in custody and APD is speaking with witnesses.

“We have a subject in custody, a person of interest in the incident, again we’re trying to tally up all the witnesses to see if he may be the suspect,” said APD Senior Officer Bini Cadenas.

Gregory Turner, a property manager at the Marketplace, said the area has been improving and that the shooting is out of character.

“It’s a one-off incident,” Turner said. “We rarely have any crime here anymore. Me and my boss have sit here and turned this thing completely around.

The Austin Police Department asks that you call 911 if you have information about the incident.

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