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Police have not released her identity, but multiple Austin medical sources identify pediatrician Lindley Dodson as the victim in last night's hostage killing at Children's Medical Group.

The second person dead has not been identified at the scene but is said to be the alleged shooter, another physician, who did not work at the practice.

Austin physicians are already rallying around the late Dr. Dodson's memory, planning a candlelight vigil, assistance for her husband and children, and staffing for her pediatrics practice.

Dr. Dodson was a long-time Austin area physician who joined Children's Medical Group in 2017.

In 2019, she was named by Texas Super Doctors as one of the top pediatricians in Texas. According to the TSD website, she was also featured in the 2020 selection.

In the wake of her death, Children's Medical Group has restricted access to their website.

Two have been pronounced dead by police after a six-hour hostage situation Tuesday evening at Children's Medical Group practice, just off Mopac at 35th Street.

At around 4 p.m., Austin police and SWAT were present at the doctor's office where multiple hostages, not identified, were held.

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 and found two dead.

A pediatrician in the medical practice is said to be one of the victims, while the second person found dead is said to be the shooter. Neither has been identified by police.