Woman hit by falling bullet during New Year’s Eve on Sixth Street

6th and Brazos
6th and Brazos (KXAN Photo/Erin Cargile)


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Police are investigating after a woman was hit by a bullet while party goers were ringing in the new year on Sixth Street Saturday night.

Victoria Rocha, 35, was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge with a gunshot wound to her leg.

Rocha tells KXAN she and her fiance had just parked minutes before and walked down to 6th and Brazos. She sat down on a bench across from the Driskill Hotel to rest her feet, and called her son at 12:03 a.m. to wish him a Happy New Year.

“As soon as I hung up the phone we heard a loud bang out of nowhere,” said Rocha. “At the time I didn’t realize I was hit.”

Woman hit by bullet on 6th St. on New Years (KXAN Photo)
Woman hit by bullet on 6th St. on New Years (KXAN Photo)

When she tried to get up she could tell something was wrong.

“It was kind of numb and I could feel it burning like a hotness to my leg,” said Rocha.

Austin Travis County EMS rushed her to the hospital where Rocha says doctors removed a 45 caliber bullet that had traveled from the front of her left thigh to the back.

Austin police said they believe it was a falling bullet that came from someone firing a gun into the air nearby

“I’m just left with why, I don’t understand,” said Rocha wiping tears from her eyes.

There are currently no suspects in the case and detectives are expected to be reviewing video footage to see if they can spot the person who pulled the trigger.

A HALO camera is on the corner recording around the clock and and providing a live feed to Austin police.

The Driskill Hotel also has surveillance cameras. The head of security tells KXAN APD looked at their footage, but didn’t see much.

Officers stationed at the hotel, along with employees at nearby bars say they didn’t see or hear anything either other than a loud crowd in the packed street.

“Not a way to start the year, but thank God it wasn’t worse,” said Rocha. “I really hope that they find the owner of the gun or that somebody comes forward.”

In the meantime, the mother of four will be home recovering and is unable to go back to work until her leg heals. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses.

Woman hit by bullet on 6th St. on New Years (KXAN Photo)
Woman hit by bullet on 6th St. on New Years (KXAN Photo)