- Nolan Hicks American-Statesman Staff
Austin police on Wednesday were looking for a shooter after finding a 30-year-old woman fatally wounded in the parking lot of an East Austin apartment complex.
Police responded to reports of shots ringing out around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday from the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 6600 block of Ed Bluestein Boulevard in Austin’s University Hills neighborhood.
Officers found Ebony Michelle Sheppard with injuries that the Travis County medical examiner’s office on Wednesday determined to be from a gunshot wound.
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics rushed Sheppard to Dell Seton Medical Center, where she died shortly after 12:30 a.m.
No one else was injured in the shooting.
Police said they were looking for someone in a dark-colored hoodie who witnesses said sped away from the scene in a white sedan.
As investigators pieced together clues about the deadly incident, police had not yet revealed the relationship between the victim and the shooter; what led to the gunfire; or why the shooter and the victim were at the apartment complex.
Sheppard’s death was Austin’s 30th homicide so far this year, authorities said. In the most recent previous case, the Dec. 15 stabbing death of 43-year-old Andrea Faye Lindsey, a suspect, Aubrey Quentin Garrett, 50, has been charged with first-degree murder and is in Travis County Jail.
At this time in 2016, Austin police had investigated 39 killings, which was up from the 23 homicide cases the year before.