Police search for shooters after man dies in East Austin

A person was killed in a possible shooting at E. MLK Blvd. and Elmira Road in East Austin, Aug. 11, 2016_331935

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A night of gambling in East Austin turned deadly when three armed suspects arrived. Austin police are searching for the shooters who killed an unidentified man at the house on the 1800 block of Elmira Road on Aug. 11.

One of the suspects has been identified as Marvin Gettrelle Henson, 44. Witnesses told police they were gambling when three armed men showed up allegedly to commit a robbery, according to the affidavit. The suspects shot two people around 9:30 p.m. before leaving the house. A man died at the scene and the other was taken to the hospital.

The homeowner said in a police interview that he knew everyone at his house that night except for two girls who came with the shooting victim. The affidavit states the girls were sent to the store to buy drinks, but returned with three unknown suspects. Held at gunpoint, the homeowner stayed in the living room while the two other suspects went back to the gambling room.

Several shots were heard by the homeowner who discovered his nephew had been shot after the suspects left. One of the men originally there to gamble was seen by the homeowner walk out of the house with a pistol in hand before leaving despite requests for him to wait for police.

In an interview with one of the girls, she told police she heard a man say “get down, don’t move” as she returned to the house after getting drinks. Assuming it was a robbery, the woman said she went to the back room and saw one of the suspects fighting the victim over a pistol. She claims to have seen the suspect shoot the man several times as he walked towards the front door.

Austin police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Henson.

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