Austin Texas Gunman In Custody After 4 People Shot In Mass Shooting Near SXSW
A suspect is in custody after a mass shooting in Austin, Texas during SXSW weekend, leaving four people shot.
March 22, 2022 at 1:22 am
Austin Police Department (APD) has arrested a suspect connected to a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, near South by Southwest (SXSW) festivities.
Fox 7 in Austin, Texas, reports that APD officers heard gunshots in the 400 block near Toulouse Bar while on patrol around 2 a.m.; they discovered four people were shot. They were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
UPDATE: Suspect in custody.— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) March 20, 2022
A disturbance between two groups of people led to the shooting. Additionally, there were seven times as many officers in the entertainment district, as usual, this weekend due to SXSW. Ken Casaday, the Austin Police Association president, said that over 30 arrests were made that weekend, and over 19 had handguns on them.
“I know they made over 30 arrests and arrested over 19 people with handguns on their persons,” Casaday said. “So it was a very busy night leading up to the shooting.”
According to Casaday, approximately 150 APD officers were in downtown Austin Saturday night and Sunday morning. In addition, APD typically has 20 to 30 officers to protect the public during non-festival weekends in the bar district.
Shooting on 6th street leaves 4 injured last night during SXSW. pic.twitter.com/qQ2L9k2beZ— ChannelCinco TV (@channelcinco_tv) March 20, 2022
Several people were taken into custody following the shooting, and officers announced they had the suspect in custody a few hours later before 5 a.m. on Sunday.