CRIME

Person Of Interest Identified In Fatal Austin Shooting

Police are still searching for the gunman.

31/07/2016 6:10 PM AEST | Updated August 1, 2016 05:54

Police have identified a person of interest in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas, early Sunday that left one person dead and four people injured.

Austin police said Sunday afternoon that they are searching for Endicott McCray, a 24-year-old black male, approximately 5-foot-9 and 130 pounds with what authorities described as long corn rows and a goatee. He may be armed. Police believe only one gunman was involved in the shooting. 

The department released one photo of McCray and asked anyone with information to “call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text ‘Tip 103’ + your message to CRIMES.”

Austin Police Department
Police are looking for 24-year-old Endicott McCray.

One woman in her 20s was killed after the gunman opened fire into a crowd of people on the busy East Sixth Street at around 2:15 a.m. Officers found her dead upon arrival at the scene.

Two men and another woman were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. Officials said their condition was serious but not life-threateningAnother man who was injured refused to receive treatment.

The police department has not yet released the victims’ identities.

Video posted to social media shows people, who were streaming out of the entertainment district’s nightclubs, fleeing in terror as the gunshots rang out, NBC-affiliate TV station KXAN reported:

His motive is unclear but it’s believed he opened fire following a “disturbance” with another man.  

Police initially urged people via social media to stay away from the downtown area, as they believed they were dealing with an active shooter situation.

That’s because just eight minutes after receiving calls regarding the downtown shooting, emergency dispatchers were notified of another incident at a nearby Trinity Street parking garage.

Watch the press conference here:

“Given the fact we had just had multiple shots fired on Sixth Street, then we have another incident occur several blocks away with shots being fired again in that incident, our initial concern was that we had an individual that was engaging in active shooter tactics in the entertainment district,” Manley told the reporters.

But he clarified that the two incidents were in fact “isolated.”

In the other shooting, Manley said a man in his 20s pulled out a gun and opened fire. No one was injured, however, and witnesses disarmed the man before he was detained by police and transported to a hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Manley played down any possible threats to the community, saying, “The scene is secure and we’ve locked down the street.”

And he reiterated an earlier call for footage or information pertaining to the incidents to be emailed to investigators via police3@austintexas.gov.

The incidents come less than a week after two people were killed and up to 19 injured during a shooting outside the Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Myers, Florida, which had been hosting a teen night.

And it’s just six weeks since a lone gunman fatally shot 49 people at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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