‘All I heard was boom’: Witnesses describe road rage crash in southeast Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is asking for information from the public after a road rage incident in southeast Austin Wednesday night critically injured a Hispanic man in his 20s.

Austin-Travis County EMS said its crews responded to East Riverside Drive and Montopolis Drive around 9:12 p.m.

ATCEMS medics gave CPR to the victim who was previously pinned in and extricated. Police say the victim was taken to the hospital and that’s where medical staff discovered he had a gunshot wound.

Witnesses said the victim and the people inside of a white, four-door sedan got into some kind of road rage incident that led to multiple shots being fired from the white sedan at the victim’s vehicle. They were traveling eastbound on Riverside Drive from Pleasant Valley Road.

Layth Kamil was steps away from the scene just moments after the crash occurred.

“I was working in the cooler and all I heard was boom,” said Kamil. “I came out and there was a lot of people going that way and I was trying to figure out what happened and there were people stuck in the car and broken windows.”

Kamil said right after the incident he heard screams and saw bystanders running to the scene to help until police arrived.

Austin Police Detectives ask that anyone with information or video of the incident call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS or email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov.

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