June 12 (UPI) — A shooting on a crowded Austin, Texas, street early Saturday left 13 people injured and police searching for at least one gunman, law enforcement said.
The shooting broke out around 1:24 a.m. near 6th Street, a popular bar and nightclub district in the Texas capital, the Austin Police Department said.
The APD said the victims were transported to area hospitals by ambulance, while others were taken in patrol cars. Of those injured, 11 were in stable condition and two were critical.
“It was very difficult to contain the scene, it was very difficult for [Emergency Medical Services] to make their way into this crowd,” APD Chief Joe Chacon said during a news conference.
“And because of the nature of the injuries, officers had to go ahead and use their police vehicles to put some of these shooting victims into their vehicles and transport them themselves.”
The APD said it’s unclear if there were more than one shooter, though it believes the shooting to be an isolated incident.
Authorities were searching for one suspect described as a Black male with a slender build and dread locks. Investigators were reviewing surveillance video of the scene as part of the manhunt.