APD investigating shots fired at short-term rental early Saturday


Austin police are investigating an early Saturday incident at a short-term rental property in which they say multiple gunshots were fired and several people were injured while trying to flee.

Austin police Lt. Ken Hobbs said officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday at a short-term rental property at the 100 block of E. Odell St. in the St. Johns area, just west of Interstate 35. Officers found multiple people injured while attempting to flee the gunshots, though no gunshot wounds were reported. Other injured people took themselves to the hospital, Hobbs said.

The nature or the extent of their injuries weren’t immediately known.

Hobbs said no one has been detained, but police received a brief description of the shooting suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

The incident came a few days after a well-known local author and chef reported her East Austin home was “destroyed” by short-term renters.

Georgia Pellegrini, an author, chef and adventurer with a large social media following and who has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, wrote Friday that a renter through Airbnb, “destroyed my home” at the 1700 block of Giles St. the day before.

“They had weapons and drugs and shots were fired as police arrived,” she wrote on Twitter. “25 casings found.”

She added, “There were drugs. Everything I own is ruined.”

Hobbs said the two incidents appear to be separate and did not immediately have any other information on the second one.



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