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People Are Hurt In A Downtown Austin Shooting

People Are Hurt In A Downtown Austin Shooting”

The Austin Police Department said in a tweet just before 2 a.m. local time that officers were on the scene of a shooting in downtown Austin with "multiple victims with injuries".

"We just heard like. a bunch of gunshots going off".

"It was very hard to contain the scene, it was very hard for EMS to make their way into this crowd", interim Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon said. Two of the victims are in critical condition, according to preliminary reports from the medics, but no fatalities have been reported so far. "It appears at this point to be isolated to this one area", Chacon said.

Police used first aid kits and tourniquets to treat victims as they responded to the shooting (file photo). "We have a total of 11 people transported to one hospital, one was transported to a different hospital and one person reported to an Urgent Care Clinic".

"They were able to immediately begin life saving measures for many of these patients", he added.

"Our officers responded very quickly", Mr Chacon said.

The shooter or shooters remain at large, and detectives were working rapidly to view an array of video gathered by bystanders and other cameras near the scene in the 400 block of East Sixth Street to identify any suspects.

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Authorities say the perpetrator appears to have fired randomly into the crowd.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Chacon said the motive for the shooting was "unclear", adding that officers were reviewing video footage of the area. Investigators have not ruled out gang involvement.

Chacon described the lone suspect as a Black male with a black shirt, skinny build and "dreadlock-type" hair - but told reporters early Saturday that the description isn't very detailed "based on the chaotic nature of the incident".

Chacon said Saturday's incident was part of an alarming trend of shootings in Austin.

He asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact the police.

Councilmember Ann Kitchen also said, "there's no place for guns on our streets, as we reopen our city".

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