4 wounded in a shooting in downtown Austin; suspect in custody

AUSTIN, Texas – Four people were injured and one is detained after a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas, early Sunday morning when the city hosts the annual South by Southwest festival, police said.

The Austin Police Department told people he had avoided the 400 block of East 6th Street around 2:50 a.m., warning via Twitter that the gunman was still at large.

However, police tweeted that a suspect was arrested shortly before 5 p.m. The suspect’s name was not disclosed.

Austin-Travis County police and EMS said the victims’ injuries were not life-threatening and all four had been taken to hospital.

The shooting is believed to have been caused by a riot between two groups of people, and took place in an area with several bars near where some SXSW festival events are held.

Police said it was not a random act of violence and there is no danger to the public.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the festival to be virtual for the past two years.


In 2019, there were several shootings as the festival came to an end, prompting the Austin police chief to promise more security for the city’s entertainment district.

The week-long art and technology festival mixes technology, politics and entertainment. It began in 1987 as a small showcase for emerging bands that has become an international extravaganza, including film premieres and performances by great artists.


The headline was corrected to reflect that the shooting did not take place at the South by Southwest festival.

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4 wounded in a shooting in downtown Austin; suspect in custody

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