Suspect in custody after 14 wounded during shooting in downtown Austin
Authorities looking for second suspect
AUSTIN, TEXAS (KWTX) - Police in Austin now say one of the 14 people wounded in a shooting in the city’s nightlife district downtown has died.
Austin Police Department said in a statement Sunday that 25-year-old Douglas John Kantor was hospitalized after the shooting with critical gunshot wounds.
Lt. Brian Moon confirmed Kantor died Sunday at 12:01 p.m.
Police said the shooting was an “isolated incident” between two parties that affected innocent bystanders. The shooting happened in the 400 Block of East 6th Street at about 1:25 a.m. Saturday.
Austin Police originally mentioned a single suspect, described as a “black male, with dread locks, wearing a black shirt and a skinny build.” Later on Saturday, police said one suspect in the shooting was in custody while a second remained at large.
“I am very grateful at this point that we do not have more people who are deceased. I do believe it was the actions of our officers who responded very quickly an have been trained in life saving measures, including use of first aid kits and tourniquets that they carry on their person, to be able to help people who were in serious distress,” said Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon.
The police chief said there were very large crowds in downtown Austin and it was “very difficult to contain the scene and it was very difficult for EMS to make its way into the crowds.”
“Because of the nature of the injuries, officers had to use their police vehicles to put some of the vehicles and transport them themselves to the hospital,” Chacon said.
Investigators plan to review surveillance camera footage from businesses at the scene of the shooting. Police are also asking witnesses to share video or photos taken at the scene.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is aiding the investigation. Witnesses with information are urged to call the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-TIPS or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS).
“The Texas Department of Public Safety is working closely with Austin Police to respond to this shooting and ensure that the perpetrators are captured and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Thank you to APD and first responders for quickly responding to the scene and saving lives. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in prayer for those who were injured.”
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