(AP) — Police
have apprehended one suspect and are looking for another after a mass shooting
on a crowded downtown Austin street injured 14 people
, two of whom were critically injured, early Saturday.
The Austin Police Department said in a news
release that the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted in the arrest
, but it provided no other details other than to say that the department is continuing to follow up on leads for the suspect who is still at large.
Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic, and that investigators believe it started as a dispute between two parties. Chacon said both suspects are male, but declined to reveal details such as whether both fired shots, citing the ongoing investigation
“The majority of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we're still sorting through all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Chacon explained.
The mass shooting — one of at least three in the United States
overnight — sparked panic along 6th Street, a popular nightlife destination in the city where the University
of Texas is located.
Matt Perlstein, a witness
, told KXAN-TV that he was waiting to enter a bar with a friend when gunfire erupted.
“Everything was totally fine
,” Perlstein said before gunshots rang out. “We just heard like... a bunch of gunshots going off. Everyone got on the ground. We couldn’t even comprehend what was going on at the time.”
Chacon stated that his officers were dispatched to the scene as soon as possible.
“They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including tourniquets and chest seals,” he said.
Because of the chaos on the barricaded street, police drove six of the injured to hospitals in their squad cars, while ambulances transported four others and the remaining four made their own way, he said.
Governor Greg Abbott
issued a statement thanking police and other first responders and praying for the victims.
The state Department of Public Safety is assisting the investigation, according to Abbott, and the FBI
and the Bureau of Alcohol
, and Firearms are also assisting, according to Chacon.