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Police release photo of ‘person of interest’ after deadly Austin shooting

A shooting in a crowded entertainment district in downtown Austin early Sunday caused a chaotic scene, leaving one woman dead, three others wounded and police searching for a suspect.

Austin police say they want to question a 24-year-old possibly armed man in the overnight shootings. Police are circulating a photograph of a man described in a statement as a “person of interest.”

Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley says authorities received reports of gunshots in the crowded Sixth Street Entertainment District shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, and found that five people had been shot.

“It was a very chaotic scene,” Manley said. “A lot of people running in different directions, with all the gunshots coming out.”

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Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement Sunday that his department was working to identify and arrest the person responsible for the shootings, and urged people who have video of the shooting or the aftermath to send it to police via email.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and three other women were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries that were serious, but not life-threatening. Manley said another victim declined to be transported to the hospital.

“We have multiple individuals, witnesses, that we are currently interviewing,” Manley said. “We had one individual who was initially noted as a person of interest; however, that person’s status at this point is undetermined.”

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Manley said because of the large crowd presence, police were getting descriptions of a suspect from witnesses. However, he said the descriptions were consistent to an extent but not all the same.

Police originally reported an active shooter scene in the area, but Manley said two separate incidents caused the confusion. He said there was another confrontation in a nearby parking garage and that a shot was fired there. A man was transported to the hospital after that confrontation, but his condition was not immediately known.

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UPDATES:

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12:55 p.m.: This article has been updated with news that police have circulated a photo of a “person of interest.”

8:35 a.m.: This article has been updated with a statement from the Austin police chief.

4:05 a.m.: Updated with details, quotes.

2:40 a.m.: Updated with news from Rutledge.

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2:20 a.m.: Updated with Statesman reporting.

2:10 a.m.: Updated with reporting from the Statesman.

1:30 a.m.: This article has been updated with news of separate shootings.

This article was first posted at 1:10 a.m.

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