Shooting in Austin, Texas leaves 14 wounded; one suspect still at large

Police with sniffer dogs survey the scene of the shooting on June 12, 2021 in Austin, Texas. PHOTO: AFP

AUSTIN, TEXAS (REUTERS) - Fourteen people were wounded after two men opened fire at each other in a busy entertainment district in Austin, Texas on Saturday (June 12). Police said one of the suspected shooters remained at large.

Shots erupted at about 1.30am in the Sixth Street area, a popular nightlife destination in the state capital, Austin Police Department interim chief Joseph Chacon said in a news conference on Saturday afternoon.

"This does appear to be an isolated incident between two parties," he added.

"Most of the victims were innocent bystanders."

Police officers who were nearby rushed to the scene where they applied tourniquets and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on victims.

Two of the injured were in hospital in critical condition and the other 12 were in stable condition.

The police said on Saturday evening that one suspect had been arrested with the help of the US Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and that officers were continuing to follow up on leads to apprehend the other.

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