- The police in Austin, Texas, have arrested one suspect in the downtown shooting that hurt 14 people.
- Authorities said one other suspect remained at large.
- Most of the victims were “innocent bystanders,” the police said.
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Authorities in Austin, Texas, have arrested a suspect in a shooting that injured 14 people early Saturday, but another suspect remains at large.
The Austin Police Department said in a statement Saturday that the US Marshals helped with the arrest and that officials were following up on leads to find the remaining suspect.
The shooting occurred in downtown Austin at about 1:24 a.m., the police said. At least two of the victims were in critical condition as of Saturday afternoon, 12 were stable, and “almost all” were believed to be innocent bystanders, according to Chief Joseph Chacon of the Austin Police Department.
Chacon told reporters at a press conference the shooting occurred in an entertainment district packed with restaurants and bars.
He said that he believed the shooting was an “isolated incident between two parties” and that investigators were still working with victims to determine their involvement.
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Chacon added that officers had already been in the area when the shots rang out and quickly began lifesaving measures, including applying tourniquets to stanch bleeding and performing CPR.
Officers also transported six victims to the hospital in their police vehicles to get them there more quickly, he said.
Chacon said recent staffing shortages affected officers’ ability to respond to other incidents while the shooting unfolded downtown.
“It is making it hard, I’ll just tell you that,” he said. “It is making it very hard for us to continue staffing at these levels, even if we continue offering overtime to these officers. We are slowing down because we have fewer officers.”