Four wounded as shooter fired from car in North Austin at random targets, police say


230 UPDATE  A shooter armed with a rifle fired on vehicles at random in North Austin after 2 a.m. on Saturday, wounding four people and striking multiple vehicles, police say.

Police say they have the gunman, who is in his late 20s, in custody, but are not releasing his name at this time.

A 7-year-old girl injured in the shooting remains in critical condition at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The other three people injured were in stable condition.

The man targeted vehicles on Interstate 35, US 183 and North Lamar Boulevard, police say.

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Police described several confrontations with other people who the gunman encountered, saying the man at one point stepped out of his car and threatened a woman at a North Austin gas station.

Police say they have recovered his black two-door car and seized a rifle they found in it.

NOON UPDATE Austin police have announced a 2 p.m. news conference about the overnight shooting that critically injured a child and wounded three adults. Police say the suspected shooter is in custody.

The American-Statesman will have live updates on this developing story.

10 a.m. update: The shooter is in custody, Austin police say.

Earlier:

Four people were shot early Saturday in North Austin near Rundberg Lane, police say. One of the victims was a child who was critically injured, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

The shootings occurred after 2 a.m., with vehicles struck by bullets on North Lamar Boulevard, Interstate 35 and U.S. 183. When officers arrived at the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and Masterson Pass they found three people with gunshot wounds. Medics say two adult patients had non life-threatening injuries and were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center for treatment. The child was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center.

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A fourth person with a gunshot injury was located at a different spot and also transported to the hospital, police say.

The suspected shooter is a heavy-set man in his mid-20s who was driving a black two-door sedan with a spoiler on it, police say.

Austin police are investigating, and asking anyone who may have information about the attack to call 911.

This is a developing story; check back for updates



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