Man dressed as Santa shoots three people at Halloween party


9 a.m. update: Police say three people have been hospitalized after a man dressed as Santa Claus shot them at a Halloween party early Sunday in Central Austin. The suspect has been apprehended, police said.

Police detective Lee Knouse said the gunman knew the victims and had been attending the party.

PHOTOS: Police investigate scene of Halloween party shooting

Austin-Travis County EMS said a man and a woman were critically injured, and a third suffered serious injuries. Police said a fourth victim refused medical treatment at the scene. It was not known if the fourth person was shot.

The victims sent to the hospital were described as two women in their 30s and a man in his 20s. City medics rushed all three to Dell Seton Medical Center downtown for treatment.

Police were called at 6:12 a.m. to the scene at a home in the 5500 block of Avenue F in Central Austin’s usually idyllic North Loop neighborhood. Police apprehended the suspect after they were notified the suspect went to a second location in the same block and “made contact” with other individuals, though no violence was reported at the second location.

The suspect is receiving medical care, but did not have serious injuries, Knouse said. Officials couldn’t say how the suspect became injured, but said police officers did not have to use force during the arrest.

The Austin Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety also responded to the call.

Typically, Knouse said, police do not expect an uptick in violence around the Halloween holiday.



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