related 1 dead, 4 injured in separate Texas shootings

1 dead, 4 injured in separate Texas shootings

Endicott McCray
One person was killed and four were injured early Sunday in two separate shootings in a crowded area of downtown Austin, Texas, police said.

The first incident began at 2:17 a.m. local time when police received reports of gunshots, Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said in a news conference.

He said a woman, believed to be in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three victims -- all women in their 30s -- were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. One additional victim refused treatment.

Police say that there was a disturbance on Sixth Street, a popular nightlife district, where the suspect pulled out a weapon and began firing into the crowd.

Officials identified a person of interest on Sunday afternoon, circulating a picture of Endicott McCray.

"As officers arrived, as you can imagine, with this being shortly after 2 a.m., and the large crowds we have on Sixth Street at this time, all the individuals leaving the bars, it was a very chaotic scene," Manley said. "A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots that were coming out."

The second, unrelated, incident began just seven minutes later. Police got a call about a disturbance at a parking garage just blocks away from the first incident.

"One individual (there) did pull out a weapon and fire it at another individual," Manley said.

Witnesses engaged the suspect, disarmed him and took him down, Manley said. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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