Man dies in hospital after South Austin shooting; police seek suspect


Austin police are looking for a suspect in a Friday morning shooting that left one man dead near a tourist-heavy area in South Austin.

Police said they found the victim, identified as 51-year-old Van Kevin White, with “obvious trauma” to his body. Austin-Travis County EMS tried to revive the man before taking him to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he later died.

A police spokesman at the scene, Officer Melvin Moreno, said investigators think the shooting was an isolated incident. No arrests have been made and police declined to offer details about the shooter or a possible motive in the city’s 11th homicide of the year.

The shooting took place shortly after 7 a.m. outside an office building at 611 South Congress Ave., near the intersection with East Riverside Drive.

The shooting took place just blocks from tony apartment buildings and between two of the city’s largest tourist draws: SoCo’s trendy shops and restaurants that line the avenue to the south; and the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and its famous bat colony just to the north.

Anyone with any information about the incident can call Austin police at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.



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