South Austin shooting spree ends at apartments where man was killed Monday, police say 


A person went on a shooting spree, taking aim at random cars throughout South Austin on Wednesday afternoon and injuring two people, before police took him into custody at an apartment complex at 6 p.m., according to Austin police officials.

Police said there were four different shootings, one on West Gate Boulevard and another on the northbound Interstate 35 service road, but did not share all four locations. 

The I-35 shooting about 2:07 p.m. between William Cannon Drive and Slaughter Lane, police said. Someone shot at a vehicle, injuring the driver and one other person, police said. The victims had injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, police said. 

The shootings led officers to the Post South Lamar apartments in the 1500 block of South Lamar Boulevard, where they took the suspected shooter into custody, police said. 

The Post South Lamar apartment complex was the site of the fatal shooting Monday of Christian M. Meroney, 32.  Police declined to say whether Meroney’s killing was connected to Wednesday’s shooting spree. However, the apartment complex said in an email to tenants Wednesday that the suspect in Meroney’s killing had been taken into custody.

A section of the apartment complex was evacuated around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, and as of 10:30 p.m. some residents were still not allowed to return.

Tenant Victoria Celis, who saw police surrounding Meroney’s body in the apartment’s hallway after he was shot dead Monday, said many tenants have been disturbed by this week’s events. 

“A lot of the girls said they couldn’t sleep these past two days,” Celis said Wednesday.

Austin police said they would release more information about the shooter and the shooting spree on Thursday. 


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