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Police identify terminally-ill suspect and pediatrician victim in murder-suicide hostage shooting

Flowers have started to line Children's Medical Group placed by Austinites mourning Dr. Dodson. (Christa McWhirter)

In a hostage killing that left two dead in a murder-suicide, the Austin Police Department has identified the victim as Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson, 43, and her suspected killer as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, 43.


Police received a call Tuesday afternoon reporting a man with a gun holding hostages inside Children's Medical Group at 1912 W. 35th Street off Mopac. The hostages were all adult employees of the doctor's office. Police learned the hostages were able to escape with the exception of Dr. Dodson.

The Austin Police Department sent a robot unit into the building, which helped officers identify a victim through the camera on the robot. The SWAT team then entered the building after six hours and found two dead.

Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime, and said it does not appear that the two had any relationship or contact prior to the incident. Although, Dr. Narumanchi had applied for a volunteer position at Children's Medical Group just last week and was rejected.

Dr. Narumanchi also had terminal cancer, which police think played a role in his actions.

This is Austin's fourth homicide of 2021.

This story has been updated to provide details released by APD.

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Music and movies: Things to do in Austin this weekend

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🗓 Friday

🎙Live Music at Lone Star Court*

Enjoy the deep roots of Texas music with weekly live performances at Lone Star Court. Located at The Domain, there’s always a tune for you to tap your foot to at the retro-inspired property. Every Thursday through Saturday, locals and travelers alike can enjoy live performances and specialty cocktails at the Water Trough. This week you can catch Drew Moreland, Julia Hatfield, and Clayton Gardner.

7-9 p.m. Thursday, 8-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday | 📍 Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.

🗓 Saturday

⚽️ Austin FC vs. Atlanta United FC official watch party

Austin FC is playing away this weekend at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium but you can still enjoy those Verde vibes at Celis Brewery’s official watch party. Support your local team and grab a brew as they take on Atlanta United FC.

Kickoff at 6 p.m. Saturday | 📍 Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Blvd.

🎥 The Godfather showing

Cult classic mob drama “The Godfather,” featuring the likes of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is returning to the big screen for its 50th anniversary. This weekend celebrates the filmography of Francis Ford Coppola as part of The Paramount Theatre’s Summer Classic Film Series. Tickets are $11 each.

4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday | 📍The Paramount Theatre, 10001 Metric Blvd.

🎹 Live music from San Gabriel

Enjoy some of San Gabriel’s “bedroom-pop,” with a drink in-hand on Radio’s airy outdoor patio, complete with food trucks Veracruz All Natural, Dee Dee Thai and Briscuits. Admission is free.

8-11 p.m. Saturday | 📍Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Menchaca Rd.

🗓 Sunday

🎭 The Sound of Music

Watch the classic musical surrounding the Von Trapp family live and on stage from Austin performers from the ZACH Theatre. You can see the show through July 24 and tickets start at $25.

Showtimes at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday | 📍The Topfer at ZACH, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

📚 The Winter’s Tale

The Austin Chamber Music Center and Austin Shakespeare are blending music and poetry in their fifth annual collaboration, this time celebrating “The Winter’s Tale.” Tickets start at $30 and tickets for online on-demand access will be available on Monday.

3 p.m. Sunday | 📍Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr.

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