Child, 3 adults shot in Texas I-35 shooting spree

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — The man accused of shooting at random cars up and down Interstate 35 with an assault rifle early Saturday morning, has been arrested, according to Austin police.

“We have a lot of crime scenes. We have several people that were injured in this,” said Austin Police Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon.

Police said those bullets hit four people including a 7-year-old girl. She remained in critical condition in the ICU Saturday afternoon.

“Two adult victims suffered somewhat minor injuries that were not life-threatening,” Chacon said.

Austin police said the shooting spree started just before 2 a.m. Saturday morning — bar-closing time in the downtown area — and then ended about an hour and 15 minutes later at roughly 3:15 a.m.

Police said 911 calls came in from multiple locations along Interstate 35 — from south Austin at Stassney Lane all the way up to Wells Branch Parkway, which is an 18-mile stretch along the interstate.

The first call to 911 was someone who said they had been shot at. The caller told police they got off at the Braker Lane exit and their windows were shot out.

One minute later, police said they were getting several more calls from drivers saying someone was shooting a gun. At this point however, no one could tell where the bullets were coming from, and could not provide a vehicle description for the suspect.

About 30 minutes later at 2:30 a.m., officers were flagged down at a gas station on I-35 and Braker. Police said a man got out of a small black car and pointed an assault rifle at another vehicle before taking off. That was all captured on video.

Then, after 2:30 a.m., another call came in after bullets hit a car on Wells Branch and I-35.

Those calls continued to come in with several people reporting someone in a small black car shooting at them. A couple of people described someone pointing a gun at them, but the gun never went off.


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