Twin shootings leave 1 dead, 3 injured in Austin
Two separate shooting incidents in Austin, Texas have left one woman dead and three injured on Sunday, according police.
The first shooting was reported from the area of Sixth Street, a historic entertainment district in downtown Austin at 2:17 am (local time), as per police reports.
“Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown,” Austin police Twitter message had read.
Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown. Media: Dont call for updates at this time, more to follow. PIO6
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) July 31, 2016
However, police clarified that the confusion had occurred because of the closeness of two separate incidents.
One woman in her 30s had been pronounced dead and two women and a man with gunshot injury were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, according to Austin-Travis county emergency services.
The identity of the gunman has not yet been verified.
The second unrelated incident occurred few blocks away from the area of the first incident. According to police, a man pull out a weapon and fired at another individual. However, the crowd overpowered and disarmed the suspect. He was then taken to a local hospital.
The US has been rocked by violent gun-related incidents in the recent past.
On July 7, 2016, A man named Micah Xavier Johnson from Mesquite, Texas shot and killed five police officers during a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas. Dallas police chief David Brown said Johnson told police “he was upset about the recent police shootings” and “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a sguy club in Orlando, Florida. Mateen had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. The gunman was shot dead by SWAT team.
In 2015, Husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people wounded 22 more in a shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
(With Agency inputs)