AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police officers are investigating a shooting ruled as a homicide in North Austin that left one person dead Friday morning.
Police say the shooting happened around 3 a.m. outside of a home on the 300 block of East Powell Lane between Georgian and Sam Rayburn Drives. The two men were talking to each other before a gunshot was heard according to officers. Police identified the victim Tuesday as David Loera, 43.
Officers arrived to find Loera lying injured on the ground. He was was pronounced dead at Brackenridge Hospital around 3:40 a.m.
In a police briefing APD told us the suspect is a White male in his 20’s with light stubble and a muscular build. He is approximately 5’11” to 6′ tall, last seen wearing a camo hat, brown vest, and dark undershirt. Police say he was driving a four door Chevy pickup truck.
“We have a potential homicide suspect that is not in custody right now. We like the public to call 512-472-TIPS,” said APD officer, Nathan Blake. “We always want the public to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings.”
Area sees improvement
A little more than a year before Friday’s fatal shooting, another fatal shooting took place just a block away at a convenience store. After that shooting, police began to focus their Restore Rundberg effort towards the area near Sam Rayburn and Powell Lane. Those efforts include officers walking by foot at least three times a week to help build relationships in the neighborhood. The area is one of 4 specific spots around the Rundberg area where Restore Rundberg efforts are concentrated. APD said despite Friday’s shooting, they have seen a 15% drop in violent crime in those 4 zones. Neighbors told KXAN the officers walking on foot have helped eliminate some of the criminal activity which plagued the area.