An unidentified gunman destroyed the peace in Austin, Texas, when he opened fire, hitting 13 people on Austin’s notorious 6th street early Saturday morning.
Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon confirmed the details of the shooting, and so far, one suspect has been apprehended. There is still another suspect at large, and law enforcement will hopefully have the shooter in custody soon.
11 victims were treated at a hospital, and the initial reports seem good. Unfortunately, two others are in critical condition, and details haven’t been released.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued a statement saying, “The Texas Department of Public Safety is working closely with Austin Police to respond to this shooting and ensure that the perpetrators are captured and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you to APD and first responders for quickly responding to the scene and saving lives. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in prayer for those who were injured.”
While police work to bring the perpetrator to justice, this shooting has shined a spotlight on the actions of the city of Austin. Austin has cut $150 million from the police budget, significantly hampering the ability of police to respond to horrible events like this.
Many cities that have defunded police have experienced surges in violent crime, and Austin seems to be another casualty. Hopefully, the victims will make a full recovery and prompt the city of Austin to reconsider their actions.
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