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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Community news: Austin to host regional spelling bee

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Austin to host regional Spelling Bee Austin will host the 2018 Regional Spelling Bee on March 25 at the Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. The event will feature 40 to 50 of the area’s top student spellers, grades four through eight, from Austin and Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis...
Police: Aggravated robbery reported at Texas State, suspect on loose
Police: Aggravated robbery reported at Texas State, suspect on loose

Texas State University police are asking for the public’s help locating a man who committed an aggravated robbery on campus Friday. Police said they received a report Sunday afternoon of the robbery that happened Friday at 9:30 p.m. in the breezeway of Building 7 at Bobcat Village. They described the robber as a man, approximately 6’2&rdquo...
Train that struck vehicle in Leander was ‘holiday tour,’ passenger says
Train that struck vehicle in Leander was ‘holiday tour,’ passenger says

9 p.m. update: A holiday sightseeing train was stalled Sunday when the locomotive carrying dozens of passengers, mostly kids, struck a vehicle that was attempting to cross the tracks in Leander, according to a passenger on board. Jeffrey Gipson, his wife and 4-year-old son boarded the “North Pole Flyer,” which is operated by the Austin...
Sheriff: Williamson County man dies while repairing vehicle Sunday
Sheriff: Williamson County man dies while repairing vehicle Sunday

A Florence man died Sunday while repairing his vehicle after a lift jack failed and caused fatal injuries, the Williamson County sheriff’s office said. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted about the man’s death Sunday night and said the sheriff’s office was investigating. Authorities expect to release more information Monday...
Third Cookies for Caring at the Driskill festive way to help families
Third Cookies for Caring at the Driskill festive way to help families

Jo-Ann Escamilla’s mom, Margarita Matias, is one of the people featured in this year’s Statesman Season for Caring campaign, but on Sunday, she was one of the cookie tin-carrying guests at the Driskill Hotel. For the third year, the Driskill held Cookies for Caring, a fundraiser for the Statesman’s annual giving campaign, and Escamilla...
More Stories