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Icy road conditions continue to worsen as Austin ventures further into the polar vortex.
Despite roads all over the city having been pretreated in preparation for the winter storm, city officials say the drizzly weather and below-freezing temperatures have coated roads in a thin layer of ice.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there have been 34 minor car wrecks due to ice so far on Sunday.
Franklin BBQ Valentine's Day report, ice storm edition: three car pile up this afternoon has brought the fire department to the scene. Detritus from the crash remains on the roads, which are presumed to be incredibly icy. Avoid the area fam pic.twitter.com/nnj8dsHnnP
— Johanna Gretschel (@jojo_shea) February 14, 2021
Austin-Travis County EMS is reporting ice on all road surfaces and only expects conditions to worsen as temperatures drop. Due to the volume of incidents and dangerous driving conditions, emergency services may be delayed.
DO NOT DRIVE. Please not only for your safety, but the safety of our first responders. If you do drive, remember to treat flashing lights as 4 way stops. https://t.co/gILdWCrn0I
— City of Austin (@austintexasgov) February 14, 2021
ATCEMS also reported that medics will only transport patients to the closest hospital due to severe weather and are using 4x4 and fire department vehicles to respond to 911 calls.
Affective immediately #ATCEMSMedics will only be transporting to the CLOSEST hospital. #ATCEMS has activated our 4x4 vehicles, as well as utilizing fire department vehicles to access patients on many 911 calls. Many roadways are impassable. #StayHomeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/TGbWRawQnP
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) February 14, 2021
Driving is not advised but if you must drive, you can check road conditions here.
While at home, officials are warning to be careful even when going outside, as ice can be hard to spot on sidewalks and pavement; conserve energy in case of power outages and be careful when heating your home, not using stoves or ovens that may cause carbon monoxide gas.
Austin is expected to receive snow showers on and off for the rest of Sunday, so bundle up.
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Police have arrested one of two suspects involved in a mass shooting at Austin's Sixth Street in the early morning hours on Saturday, leaving 14 people injured and two in critical condition.
The arrest was made by the Austin Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. One suspect is still at large.
Police started receiving 911 phone calls at 1:24 a.m about a man that fired shots into a large crowd, and responded to a chaotic scene on the 400 block of East Sixth Street. Detectives are surveying video footage captured by bystanders and cameras on the scene to identify the suspect.
The Austin Police Department has narrowed down their search to two male suspects and believes there was "some type of disturbance" between the two parties.
No deaths have been reported. Fourteen victims are receiving treatment in a hospital in stable condition with one treated in an emergency room; two are in critical condition.
According to Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon, "almost all" of the victims are innocent bystanders but police have not ruled anyone out at this time.
Shooting on 6th Street Austin Texas 6-12-2021 (Aftermath) youtu.be
The shooting occurred on the weekend of the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally. With lots of people downtown, police say it was difficult to get EMS in and out of the scene. Police arrived while the scene was still an "active threat," officers "immediately began lifesaving measures" and drove six victims to the hospital in their squad cars, said Chacon, and four were transported in ambulances.
Chacon said that the incident is believed to be isolated, and they optimistic they will be successful in getting the two suspects into custody. Multiple departments, including APD, the FBI, Texas DPS and the ATF, are involved in the investigation.
Austin police are also requesting state troopers for patrol assistance in the coming days. Chacon stressed staffing issues are increasingly making responding to emergency calls "very hard."
"Overall, we remain a safe city," Chacon said. "Also keep in mind when you come downtown, you need to be safety conscious. Be vigilant of your environment and your surroundings."
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in which 49 were killed and 53 wounded in Orlando, Florida. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 911 or 512-472-TIPS.
This story was updated at 2:47 p.m. to include new information and will be updated as more details are revealed.
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Austin police are investigating a homicide in North Austin where a woman was shot and killed, just hours after a mass shooting in Downtown Austin hospitalized 14 people.
APD is working a suspicious death near the 1900 block of W Rundberg Ln. PIO is en route and will update with media staging location. PIO6
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) June 12, 2021
Police originally responded to Ironhorse Flats Apartments, 1900 block of W. Rundberg Lane, at 3:20 p.m. when they found the woman with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m.
No one is in custody as of yet but police are speaking with potential witnesses. Officials said they believe this was an isolated incident with no danger to the public but said possible relation to the downtown shooting has not been specifically ruled out.
Officers could not provide a suspect description and the relationship to the victim is still unknown.
This is a developing story that will be updated as details become available.
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