2 ‘innocent bystanders’ shot on 7th Street early Monday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two people who had nothing to do with an argument were shot early Monday morning on East Seventh Street in downtown Austin, police said.

APD said around 3:20 a.m., two people were in a heated confrontation when one of them pulled out a gun and started firing. APD officers were at a different scene on Sixth Street when they heard the shots. When they arrived, they saw two people with gunshot wounds, and after an initial investigation determined the wounded people were “innocent bystanders” not associated with the argument.

  • Two people were injured in a shooting on East 7th Street early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Two people were injured in a shooting on East 7th Street early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Two people were injured in a shooting on East 7th Street early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Two people were injured in a shooting on East 7th Street early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Two people were injured in a shooting on East 7th Street early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Two people were injured in a shooting on East 7th Street early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Frank Martinez)

Both were taken to a hospital for treatment and are expected to survive. APD said it hasn’t found the shooter or the other person involved in the argument that led to gunfire.

“We’re all extremely concerned about what we’re seeing unfolding,” said Councilwoman Kathie Tovo – whose district includes downtown. “We have to take a really hard look as a community about what else we can do.”

Some possible solutions were released Monday in an update on the Safer Sixth Street Initiative.

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