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Police suspect fired more than 25 shots during fatal ambush in North Austin


Police have accused a man of gunning down a 21-year-old in the parking lot of a convenience store and wounding two others in North Austin on Tuesday by opening fire from a concealed position in an ambush-style attack.

Jabari Mitchell, 25, was booked into the Travis County Jail around 7:30 p.m. and charged with murder in connection with the death of Trelin Reed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The affidavit said one of Reed’s relatives had been involved in a romantic relationship with Mitchell in the months leading up to the shooting.

After the pair split up, Mitchell began posting sexually explicit images of the woman on Facebook, the affidavit said.

The relative told police she believed Reed and the two people who were with him were trying to meet up with Mitchell in the 7200 block of the North Interstate 35 service road around 8 p.m. on Tuesday to fight him.

“According to the two witnesses, they drove around the parking lot of the store looking for Jabari, but could not find him,” the document said.

Reed stepped out of the vehicle to look around, but got back inside because he still didn’t see him anywhere.

“Seconds later, the gunfire began and Trelin was shot numerous times all over his body,” the affidavit said.

All people inside the SUV were hit by gunfire. They managed to drive to St. David’s Medical Center in Central Austin where Reed was pronounced dead. The other two victims were transferred to another hospital to recover.

When police arrived at the scene of the shooting, they reviewed surveillance footage that showed apparent muzzle flashes coming from a fence line dividing the convenience store from a neighboring property.

Detectives found 25 shell casings behind a portion of the fence that had a plank missing.

Police also reviewed surveillance footage and noticed a “long black object” sticking out of the fence line that is pulled back after the shooting, the document said.

“Jabari guided the victims to the location of the shooting where he was lying in wait behind the hole in the fence,” the affidavit concluded.

Texas Department of Public Safety records show Mitchell had been arrested in Travis County two times before the shooting on Tuesday.

He was convicted of assault in 2011, and of possession of marijuana in 2012, records show.

Murder is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.


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