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Austin mass shooting: 14 hurt, 2 suspects at large, police say

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(AUSTIN, Texas) — Two suspects are at large after a mass shooting that left 14 people injured in Austin’s downtown entertainment district early Saturday.

Two victims are in critical condition and 12 are in stable condition, the Austin Police Department said.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon did not release more information on the two suspects but said he believes both men will successfully be taken into custody.

After the gunfire was reported at 1:24 a.m. local time, “a large crowd” dispersed, police said.

The shooting appeared to be an isolated incident between two parties, Chacon said at a news conference, adding that most victims were “innocent bystanders.”

Chacon commended officers’ quick actions — he said they ran to victims, applied tourniquets and performed CPR — which he said played a role in avoiding fatalities.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted, “The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic.

“APD and the City Council have initiated multiple violence prevention efforts in response- but this crisis requires a broader, coordinated response from all levels of government. One thing is clear – greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety,” Adler said.

Adler added, “We are fortunate not to have any fatalities but remain concerned for the two individuals in critical condition.”

Any witnesses or people with information are urged to call the police, Chacon said.

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