Multiple victims in Austin shooting , says US officials


Officials say there have been separate shooting incidents in downtown Austin and there are multiple victims.

A woman in her 30s was killed in the incident, the Austin American-Statesman newspaper reported, citing county emergency medical personnel.

At least three other people were rushed to a local hospital, the newspaper said. Police across the country, and especially in Texas, remain on edge weeks after a black extremist shot dead five officers protecting a peaceful march against police brutality in Dallas.

The Austin Police Department posted on its verified Facebook and Twitter pages that there was an active shooting incident downtown just before 3 am.

It said, “Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown.”

About a half-hour later police said the scenes of the shootings were secure. Police had warned people to stay away from downtown. No additional information was immediately available.

Meanwhile, KXAN, a local news station, quoted paramedics in the area as saying victims were “spread across the area”, adding that emergency services were responding in the area of 208 East 6th Street.

(With PTI inputs)