Man injured in Austin shooting
(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE 07/03/2023: According to Austin Police Chief David McKichan, on July 1 at 12:37 a.m., the Austin Police Department responded to a reported assault in the Plaza Parking Lot in downtown Austin.
When officers arrived on the scene, a male victim appeared to have been shot in the shoulder and leg.
The victim was treated by the officers, along the Austin Fire Department, before being turned over to Mayo Clinic Ambulance.
A second victim, with a non-life-threatening leg wound, would later be located seeking treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Austin.
Officers did identify a suspect, located at 3:35 a.m., in a residence in the in the 200 block of 7th St. NW.
Hector Ubaldo Serrano Maldonado of Austin was taken into custody without incident.
Detectives later recovered a firearm believed to have been used during the event.
The case remains under investigation.
(ABC 6 News) – There was another shooting in Austin early this morning.
Officers responded to 911 calls around 12:30 a.m. just across the street from the police department, as two men got into an argument with one shooting the other.
The owner of the Bakery Lounge, whose bar is adjacent to where the shooting happened, tells us his employees that were working at that time responded to the shots fired and remained with the victim until first responders could arrive.
This is the third shooting in Austin over the last month, and this one comes only ten days after the Austin City Council unanimously approved expanding the city’s police force from 34 officers to 36.
“The time is right,” McKichan said during Tuesday’s city council meeting, “The things in the last month again just illustrate how important this is and how much I appreciate your support flowing out of the work session and looking at this as a need for our department and a need for Austin.”
Two officers were recently sworn in, but the police department is still 5 officers short.
We have been unable to confirm with Austin police if they have apprehended the suspect and if he has been booked in Mower County jail.
This is a developing story and we will bring you more information as it becomes available to us.