AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are hoping that someone saw something the day Van Kevin White, 51, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Congress Square II office building.
Authorities said the shooting, which happened at 611 South Congress Ave. around 7:09 a.m. on Friday, May 19, was probably visible to residents living on the south side of The Crescent apartment building and also on the north side of the City View at SoCo apartment building.
Police said the area was “unusual” for a shooting to occur in the area due to high tourist foot traffic. It’s not clear why Van White, who was homeless, was in the parking lot of the building.
A suspect is at large and has not been identified, but police believe the shooting was not random. Police do not believe the public is in any danger.
Houston Mayeux lives in the City View apartments and said the gunshots Friday morning woke him up.
“I heard like pop pop and in my head — my sleepy head — I thought I heard construction and I then heard people say, ‘he’s been shot, someone call the police,'” Mayeux said. He added that he heard a woman scream at that time.
He could see police bringing crime tape around afterward, but couldn’t actually see the crime scene from his apartment because of the tree line.
“Obviously it’s pretty unsettling knowing [the shooter] is still out there, but it doesn’t get in the way of me knowing the Austin community and how friendly it could be,” Mayeux said. “But yeah, it’s pretty jarring.”
Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588.