Austin Police Investigating Multiple Shootings Near SXSW
Austin police confirmed at 1:26 a.m. Sunday morning that a shooting had taken place in the 300 block of East 6th Street near San Jacinto. There are numerous venues along that stretch of East 6th Street that host SXSW events every year.
One person was transported to the hospital as a result of the shooting, and while some suspects had been detained, others were still being sought out by police.
#AustinPD is working a shooting call in the 300 block of E. 6th St. One person will be transported to the hospital. Individuals have been detained, but still searching for others that may have been involved. Please avoid the area as the investigation continues.— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 17, 2019
A second shooting was also confirmed Sunday morning. The officer-involved incident took place on the 700 block of East 7th Street.
Correction on location: 700 Blk N I 35 West frontage road. https://t.co/n4JWPztx87— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 17, 2019
This followed three shootings in a four-hour span on Saturday (March 16) that sent five people to hospital. Those shootings also occurred not far from SXSW.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley later spoke to the media, claiming that the department's efforts to respond to the first shooting impacted their ability to respond to the second one.
"This comes on the heels of what has been a violent weekend in Austin where we have seen multiple shootings, and this is unacceptable," Manley said. "We are not going to let our entertainment district be turned into a place where shootings become a common occurrence."
SXSW started on March 8 and came to an end Sunday.