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Witness to Austin shootings shares frightening experiences

Brett Bachtle
Created: September 01, 2020 06:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Following two shootings Monday night in Austin, the police chief is taking a stance against the violence. 

"I don't think as a community we should be accepting of this type of behavior. We know we have at least 23 rounds discharged last night,” said Chief David McKichan of the Austin Police Department.
 
 The first rounds were heard in the 700 block of 2nd Street NW.
 
 "We were able to talk to three people who had occupied a vehicle. They had told us they had observed a couple of individuals in what they believe was a white Impala fire some shots in their direction,” McKichan said.
 
 Dianne Yauger lives at a nearby apartment complex and could hear, and smell them the gunfire.
 
 "I heard shots. It went bang, bang. I knew it was close, but I didn't know it was this close. At first, I thought it was fireworks, but then I smelt out my window and I could smell gun odor,” said Yauger.
 
 She's still shaken up over how close the bullet came to her window.
 
 "I couldn't sleep last night at all. I was just so upset yet and scared. I dreamt about it when I went to sleep last night a little bit,” Yauger said.
 
 About 20 minutes after the initial shots, a family in the southwest part of Austin was up inspecting their home.
 
 "We were able to speak to a homeowner who had rounds actually enter her residence. They heard some strange sounds they equated to like falling dirt in the home and when they went to investigate, found both holes in the wall as well as some spent bullets on the floor itself,” said McKichan.
 
 Police found the white Impala witnesses identified at the first scene near the second shooting scene, but no suspect.

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So far, police say they don't have a reason for the shooting in the northwest part of town, but they say the family on the south side was mistakenly targeted.


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