Austin Shooting Kills Woman, Injures 3 More

Cops describe 'very chaotic scene' in downtown entertainment district
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2016 7:58 AM CDT
Austin Shooting Kills Woman, Injures 3 More
In this file photo, officers from multiple Central Texas agencies respond to reports of an officer down in Round Rock, Texas, Monday, July 25, 2016. A shooting in Austin early Sunday killed one woman and sent three other people to the hospital with injuries that aren't considered life-threatening.   (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A shooting in a crowded entertainment district of downtown Austin early Sunday set off a chaotic scene, leaving one woman dead and three others wounded and police searching for a suspect. Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley says police received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly after 2am, reports the AP. Police arrived to find a chaotic scene and five people shot. Manley says a suspect began firing into the crowd after an initial disturbance. "It was a very chaotic scene," Manley said. "A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out." He said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and three other women were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with gunshot wounds.

Officials described those transported to the hospital as serious, but said their wounds were not considered life-threatening. Manley said another victim declined to be transported to the hospital. He said officials are trying to determine who the suspects are, and he didn't rule out that a suspect might be one of the people transported to the hospital. Police originally reported an active shooter scene, but Manley said two separate incidents caused the confusion. He said there was another confrontation in a nearby parking garage and that a shot was fired there. A man was transported to the hospital after that confrontation, but his condition was not immediately known. (More shooting stories.)

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