UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Gunshots Fired at SXSW, Suspect Arrested
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Early this morning (March 20), gunshots were fired into the air in Austin, Texas, in the heart of where the annual South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive conference was winding down its final night. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
In the video above, you can see a group of young people gathering outside of a venue, and then, the gunshots. When the gunfire erupts, the crowd scatters and police come through to clear the area and restore order. Later in the clip, it appears that officers made an arrest, but there’s no confirmation that was the alleged shooter who was apprehended.
USA Today reports that it happened at roughly 1:30AM Central near the corner of Sixth Street and Trinity Street, where a local group called Hour Band was performing at Trinity Hall at Old School Bar & Grill. The shots caused the crowd on the street to scatter in panic. “Everybody just started running, screaming, ‘Oh my goodness,'” Sean Smith, a security guard who was on the scene, said.
The Austin Police Department said via Twitter approximately 10 minutes later that both the suspect and gun were in custody. “APD on scene at shots fired call at 6th and Trinity. Suspect fired rounds into air, no injuries. Suspect captured and gun recovered.” As of now, neither the suspect’s name or the charges have been released to the public.
APD on scene at shots fired call at 6th and Trinity. Suspect fired rounds into air, no injuries. Suspect captured and gun recovered. WC 6
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 20, 2016
This is the second time in recent memory that SXSW, which brings together bands from all over the world, has been marred by an incident. Two years ago, four people were killed and more than 20 were injured when a car that was being chased by police drove around a barricade and onto Red River Street, which had been closed to traffic, at high speed. The driver, Rashad Owens, was convicted of capital murder in November 2015. He was sentenced to life in prison.
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