Austin Police Investigating Shooting Near SXSW Thoroughfare During 'Violent Weekend in Austin'
An early-morning shooting resulted in injury and an arrest on Sunday (March 17) on Austin's 6th Street, which serves as South By Southwest's main thoroughfare.
The Austin police department detained individuals involved with the shooting shortly following the incident, which took place on the 300 block of E. 6th Street and the intersection of Neches Street. Many venues and bars along 6th Street host SXSW events, and photos provided to Deadline show a suspect being apprehended by police with the festival's insignia in the background.
#AustinPD is working a shooting call in the 300 block of E. 6th St. One person will be transported to the hospital. Individuals have been detained, but still searching for others that may have been involved. Please avoid the area as the investigation continues.— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 17, 2019
Another shooting took place hours after the 6th Street incident, and Austin police chief Brian Manley briefed the media a few blocks away from that shooting -- which took place on 7th Street and involved two parties in vehicles that fled the scene, one injury of a passerby and an eventual altercation with Austin police -- early Sunday morning.
Chief Manley briefing regarding officer involved shooting in the 700 block E. 7th St. https://t.co/PC71I1DlL3— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) March 17, 2019
Manley stressed that the earlier shooting had an impact on the Austin police department's ability to respond to the one that followed.
In addition to these two shootings that took place in the early hours of March 17, there were three separate shootings that sent five people to the hospital early Saturday morning (March 16), with one of them also occurring near the epicenter of SXSW.
"I want to point out here that as a result of the shooting that occurred last night, we had shifted our resources, and we had approximately 50 officers working this intersection between 6th Street and 7th Street," he explained. "This comes on the heels of what has been a violent weekend in Austin where we have seen multiple shootings -- and this is unacceptable. We are not going to let our entertainment district be turned into a place where shootings become a common occurrence."