One suspect in custody after shooting near SXSW


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Sierra Martin

Three people have been injured during a shooting near the South by Southwest festival in Austin. One person is held in custody by the Austin Police Department related to the shooting.

Reports of a shooting around 7th Street and Interstate 35 occurred around 2:30 a.m. One suspect is currently in custody with the Austin Police Department. None of the victims are suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to APD spokesperson Lieutenant Volk.

The APD and emergency medical services responded to the scene following gunshots being reported in the area. Helicopter search and block closures took place in the surrounding areas.

Lt. Volk did not confirm that the shooting had a connection with the SXSW festival and APD reported that the shooting was an isolated event.

“There are three victims that we know of,” Volk said. “We have someone detained, but I don’t know what role they played at this point.”

Texas State student Alexis Higgins was working at Ironwood Hall on E. 7th Street when she allegedly heard at least three gunshots and saw around “forty cops running down the street.”

The APD will release a press release when more information becomes available.

The University Star will give updates when they become available.

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