Suspect still on run following deadly North Austin shooting

Damian Falcon was killed in the shooting.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are still searching for a suspect after a man was shot to death outside a North Austin convenience store Monday. When authorities arrived at the Sunrise Mini-Mart on the corner of Georgian Drive and Powell Lane, they said two people had been shot and another person had been stabbed. All three were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

One of the men, 39-year-old Damian Falcon, died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Police did not release any further information about the other two people taken to the hospital.

The shooter is still on the loose. Homicide detectives are asking for help finding a dark colored 4-door sedan, possibly a Chevy Impala, which was seen leaving the parking lot of the store after the shooting.

It was business as usual at the Sunrise Mini-Mart less than 24 hours after the shooting, but people living nearby were still shaken up about the incident.

GOING IN-DEPTH // Crime in the area

The Austin Police Department crime tracker showed a number of violent crimes had taken place around Powell Lane in the last month.

The crimes included an aggravated assault, a robbery by assault, several cases of theft and seven burglaries in the half-mile area.

“I walk there all the time; probably once or twice a day,” said nearby resident Andrew Henry. “I actually heard the gunshots. My wife was standing on the passenger side and I was in the driver’s side. I had just backed the truck up in the yard.”

Henry and his wife have lived in this neighborhood for three years, but on Tuesday they were packing their things. They would have moved sooner if not for the cost of living. “You know it’s a bad area, but the rent is affordable so that’s why people are here.”

“At night I probably wouldn’t go out anymore,” said Rey Crisostomo who lives across the street. “Probably just during the day and not even that late.”

Police won’t yet say what caused the violence, but do believe some of people involved knew each other.

Others who live here say they won’t rest until the shooter is behind bars. The police department says they typically have undercover officers that patrol the area, and investigators are currently reviewing surveillance from the Sunrise Mini Mart hoping it leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.

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