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13 injured in shooting at busy nightlife district in Austin, Texas

Police investigate at the scene of the shooting in Austin Texas Police investigate at the scene of the shooting in Austin Texas
Gustavo Carr | 13 June, 2021, 00:51

At least 13 people were injured when gunfire erupted early on Saturday morning along Sixth Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants.

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Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the shooting or what happened before the shooting is asked to call 911 or the police tip line at 512-472-TIPS.

It comes as disturbing footage emerged showing crowds of revellers calmly queuing outside a bar while officers were still giving first aid to the injured.

Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, was crowded with post-Covid revelers on Friday night when a man described as "black" with a thin build and "dreadlocks" opened fire outside a bar.

Two of the injured people were in critical condition but no one has yet died, police said.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon updates reporters on the attack in Austin, Texas, early Saturday. He said that officers had to put some of the shooting victims in patrol cars and take them to the hospital themselves so they could get the urgent care that they needed.

"It is making it hard to staff at these levels even if we offer overtime to our officers", Chacon said.

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'They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets; applications of chest seals'.

The shooter, or shooters, were not immediately apprehended, NBC News reports.

'I can not say that there is no further public danger at this point because the suspect is not in custody. At a 1 p.m. press conference, Chief Chacon said that victim count had increased to 14.

Police said they had received a description of a suspect, a Black male, but that it was still unclear whether one or multiple suspects were involved.

Police are now reviewing camera footage from multiple sources, including the Public Safety Camera System, police body cameras and business surveillance video to determine what happened.

Austin City Council member Mackenzie Kelly took time Saturday morning to thank the swift response from law enforcement. He was released from custody after posting a $100,000 bond.