Police: Woman’s ex-boyfriend opens fire on her brother, killing him

A crime scene at a gas station on St. John's Avenue and I-35, where police believe the shooting incident may have began. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
A crime scene at a gas station on St. John's Avenue and I-35, where police believe the shooting incident may have began. (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A nasty break-up led to a shooting that killed a man and injured two others in central Austin Tuesday evening.

Jabari Mitchell, 25, is accused of luring his ex-girlfriend’s brother, 21-year-old Trelin Reed, to a convenience store at the corner of Interstate 35 and St. John’s Avenue and opening fire on his SUV, according to an arrest affidavit. Police say Reed, along with his girlfriend and his cousin, were scheduled to meet Mitchell around 8 p.m. to potentially fight over how Mitchell has been sharing sexually explicit photographs and video of Reed’s sister on social media.

While in the parking lot waiting for Mitchell to show up, gunfire erupted from the northwest corner of the convenience store parking lot. Reed was shot numerous times and the two other people in the car were also injured.

In order to get away from the gunfire, Reed and his companions sped away from the parking lot and headed to St. David’s Medical Center on East 32nd Street. Once they pulled up to the emergency room, medical crews noticed Reed was already unresponsive and in critical condition, he died a few minutes later. The other two victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Surveillance video from the business showed a “long black object protruding” from a hole in the fence just before the shooting and what appeared to be muzzle flashes. According to the affidavit, about 25 fired .223 cartridge casings were found along a fence line where the shooting happened.

When detectives spoke to Mitchell’s ex-girlfriend, she told police he sold illegal narcotics and owned two semi-automatic pistols, one revolver and a semi-automatic rifle, continued in the affidavit. Police say the suspect “guided the victims to the location” and was “lying in wait.”  Mitchell is charged with murder and his bail is set at $500,000.