Boss returns fire in West Campus construction-site shootout

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Two people were hurt in a shootout just before noon at a West Campus area construction site near the intersection of Rio Grande Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Austin police are not yet releasing the names of the two men involved but said the suspect was recently fired from the construction site and returned with a gun. He opened fire on the site’s foreman, who drew his own gun and returned fire — hitting the suspect.

Police say the foreman has a Concealed Handgun License and was allowed to have the gun with him at work. Police say the suspect had recently returned to the site and had been threatening the foreman, so a police report was filed.

“I was actually driving in the area when I heard what sounded to be gunshots, but with the construction, I just assumed it was related to that,” said Senior Austin Police Officer Veneza Bremner.

Austin-Travis County EMS said both the victims are men, and they were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge. The foreman suffered a serious injury, while the suspect suffered a potentially life-threatening injury.

A KXAN News crew on the scene — just down the street from the KXAN studios — reported officers could be seen with guns drawn moments after the shooting was reported.

The construction site is the future home of the Pointe On Rio apartments.

An employee at the nearby Janitzio’s restaurant, Lori Salas, told KXAN that the foreman was eating lunch in the restaurant about an hour before the shooting. She says he was sitting up on the stretcher and talking on the phone as medics loaded him into the ambulance.

“There’s never been any issues,” said Salas. “I’ve been working here for almost a year. They’ve been here the whole time I’ve been here. They come in a lot.”

Meanwhile, no one else was hurt, and contractor General Contractor Skyline Commercial, Inc. is not commenting on the situation.

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