Three people were shot dead in Austin on Sunday, authorities in Texas said. No suspects were in custody.
Law enforcement officials closed off roadways in the Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway area of the city for an “active shooting incident”, according to a tweet from the city’s police department.
A social media post from the network KXAN showed emergency vehicles at the scene, while another Texas TV station, ABC25, said the three victims were all adults.
The incident began just before noon local time when shots were reported at an apartment complex near the Alboretum shopping mall. Police urged residents in the vicinity to stay inside while a manhunt was under way.
Josh Katzowitz, who had been shopping at the nearby Trader Joe’s, said police and ambulances came “pouring in” to the area as he was leaving. He didn’t hear any shooting.
“The cops had their guns out,” he said. “Some had pistols, some had rifles and they were strapping on bulletproof vests. There were all of a sudden ambulances, sirens and police cars. There were cops coming from everywhere.”
ATCEMS spokeswoman Capt Christa Stedman said said she did not know the exact location where the three people were killed. She said they responded to an area that included a strip mall, several retail stores with a large apartment complex behind it.