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BREAKING: Man dies in hospital after South Austin shooting; police seeking suspect


5:55 p.m. update: A man who was found shot outside an office building in South Austin on Friday morning has died, becoming the city’s 11th homicide victim of the year.

Just after 7 a.m., Austin police officers responded to reports of shots fired at 611 S. Congress Ave.

Officers found the man, 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.

White later died from his injuries at the hospital.

Detectives are asking anyone with any information about the incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

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

Police at the scene declined to offer any details about the shooter or about a possible motive.

“The scene is fluid at this time,” said a police spokesman, Officer Melvin Moreno. “But we don’t believe there is a continuing threat to the public.”

RELATED: See photos from the scene of the South Austin shooting

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 victim, described as a man in his 50s, was rushed to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where he was undergoing surgery as of 9 a.m., police said. No further information was provided about his condition. 

Officers and investigators swarmed the parking lot behind the office building where the shooting took place. A large swath was roped off by crime tape as officers interviewed potential witnesses and collected possible evidence. 

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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.


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