AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police Wednesday afternoon detained a man at the scene of a deadly shooting in north Austin to figure out what his role was in the incident.
Police say around 1:40 p.m., they received a 911 call for a disturbance involving a weapon at the Palo Santo Apartments in the 1800 block of West Rundberg Lane, which is in between Metric Boulevard and North Lamar Boulevard. Austin-Travis County EMS says a man in his 20s died at the scene.
Investigators focused on an apartment on the first floor at the back of the parking lot, though APD Ofc. Destiny Winston couldn’t say whether the shooting happened inside or outside.
Barbara Trevino, who lives in a townhouse next to the apartment complex, said she saw responders take a stretcher inside. Trevino looked through the fence when she heard a man in the parking lot yelling that someone else needed help. She and a friend who was also outside at the time went upstairs to look over the fence.
“By that time the police were already here talking to him,” Trevino said, “and he had his shirt off, he was crying, and they had another gentleman they were talking from the apartment from the police car.”
Winston said APD detained another man for questioning, but didn’t call him a suspect.
Over the past several years, the Restore Rundberg Revitalization Project has worked to improve the area around Rundberg Lane by focusing on community involvement and policing. In 2016, a University of Texas research showed arrests for violent crime in the Rundberg corridor was down nearly 4.5 percent since 2012. Property crime was also down 11 percent in some areas as well. However, the grant to fund the project expired last fall.