AUSTIN (KXAN) — Law enforcement was active early Thursday morning investigating a shooting that happened in southeast Austin.
Austin police said the call came in at 4:40 a.m. for a shooting outside in the parking lot of the Grove Place Apartments at 1881 Grove Boulevard. Austin-Travis County EMS said one man in his 20s was declared dead when they arrived at the scene. Another man in his 20s was transported to UMC Brackenridge with critical, life-threatening injuries. Both men were shot.
This is the city’s ninth homicide to occur so far in 2017.
Investigators said they believe the incident started as a disturbance between several vehicles. The man who died was found inside a truck that was left at the scene. It’s not known if he was driving.
Police said it’s also unclear whether the victims live at the apartments.
Several 911 callers reported a shooting, others reported a crash. APD said there was a crash at the scene, possibly in the parking lot of the apartment complex, but they are working to determine if it happened before or after the shooting.
“I can’t really tell you for a fact right now if it was the collision that caused the gunfire, or the gunfire that caused the collision. It was all one fluid incident that occurred,” explained Lt. Jason Staniszewski, with violent crimes at APD.
Police said they were still interviewing witnesses and the victim’s truck was still being processed. It was towed from the parking lot during the early afternoon.
A possible suspect was spotted by witnesses leaving the scene in a blue or black four-door vehicle with heavy front end damage. Police said two vehicles left the scene. They said they know at least the blue/black vehicle was involved. The other, they said, may simply be a vehicle of interest that was at the scene at the time the incident occurred and then left.
Police said they believe this is an isolated incident and there is not currently a threat to the public. No one has been arrested and police haven’t determined a motive. At last report, it’s not known whether APD is searching for one or multiple suspects.
If members of the public see a vehicle matching the description that appears to have collision damage, most likely on the front end of the vehicle, they are asked to call the Austin Police Department.