Woman shot in face at North Austin hotel; suspect still at large


Woman shot in face at hotel; suspect at large

A woman was shot in the face early Saturday at a North Austin hotel, and police say the suspected shooter is still at large.

Police said they responded at 7 a.m. to a report of shots fired at the Austin Suites Hotel in the 8300 block of Interstate 35 North, just south of Rundberg Lane.

The woman was taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center but will recover, police said.

As of presstime Saturday afternoon, the suspect was not in custody.

Police said it appeared the woman and the suspected shooter knew each other, but authorities do not believe the public is in any danger.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Consulate warns Mexicans about traffic crackdown

The Mexican consulate is warning Mexican nationals in Bastrop County to be on high alert this Labor Day weekend as the sheriff’s office ramps up traffic enforcement.

Deputies say they plan to hit the streets looking for people speeding and disobeying traffic laws this holiday.

“The Consulate General of Mexico in Austin makes an attentive call to the Mexican community residing in Bastrop County to take extreme precautions,” a statement released Friday said. “To avoid traffic incidents, members of the community are encouraged to respect the established speed limits; check that the lights of their vehicles work correctly; corroborate that their plates are valid; and avoid driving while intoxicated or under the influence of an illegal substance.”

The urging comes after a traffic operation in June landed 28 people in jail, nearly all with Hispanic surnames and half of which were sent for deportation proceedings.

Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said that operation was not meant to target undocumented immigrants.

However, it was conducted in a largely Hispanic area in Bastrop County and prioritized license and insurance violations, infractions more common among unauthorized immigrants because of their lack of legal status.

The consulate general will be visiting the Bastrop County Jail this weekend to assist anyone who needs it. Any Mexican national with an emergency is asked to contact the consulate at 512-922-7906.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Woman injured in scooter incident, EMS officials say

A woman in her 40s was injured while riding a stand-up scooter near downtown on Saturday, according to Austin-Travis Emergency Medical Services officials.

Medics responded to the intersection of South Congress Avenue and East Riverside Drive just before 1 p.m., EMS officials said.

The woman was the only person injured and was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with potentially serious injuries.

Doctors at Dell Seton Medical Center have treated dozens of injuries this summer, Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the hospital’s emergency department medical director, told the American-Statesman last month. The injuries include broken elbows, knees and wrists as well as scrapes and cuts, but at least four serious head injuries and two injuries from a collision with a vehicle have been reported, he said.

EMS officials responded to at least 13 incidents involving the scooters between April 1 and Aug. 6, data obtained by the American-Statesman show.

— American-Statesman staff

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