Man shot and killed in East Austin identified

Police investigating suspicious death in Northeast Austin (KXAN Photo/ Julie Karam)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who was shot and killed in East Austin early Thursday morning has been identified as 23-year-old Gerald WIlliams.

Austin police say the shooting happened just after 3 a.m. in the 5800 block of Sweeney Circle. When the officers arrived, the victim had already been taken to St. David’s Hospital in a private vehicle. Due to the nature of Williams’ injuries, he was moved to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment, where he died a short time later.

A witness told KXAN she heard six gunshots that morning and explains that earlier in the day there was a fight in the middle of the street.

Police are still searching for the shooter. The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build.

Capital Area Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call 512-477-3588.

This is the second homicide n East Austin this week. Investigators are still searching for the suspect who shot a woman in the head in the Windsor Park neighborhood Monday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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