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Update: Police arrest two suspects connected to downtown shooting that injured 13, killed 1
Austonia file photo. (Christa McWhirter/Austonia)

Police have arrested now two suspects as of Monday involved in a mass shooting at Austin's Sixth Street in the early morning hours on Saturday, leaving 13 injured and one dead.

Austin Police started receiving 911 phone calls at 1:24 a.m. Saturday shots being fired into a large crowd and responded to a chaotic scene on the 400 block of East Sixth Street. Detectives surveyed video footage captured by bystanders and cameras on the scene to identify the suspects; they narrowed down the search to at least two male suspects.

Investigators believe there was "some type of disturbance" between the two parties.

One death has been reported—25-year-old Douglas John Kantor, a tourist visiting from New York. Thirteen victims are receiving treatment in a hospital in stable condition with one treated in an emergency room; one 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.

View video of what happened here.

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.

Multiple departments, including APD, the FBI, Texas DPS and the ATF, are involved in the ongoing investigation. 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."

Saturday marked 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 last updated at 9:30 a.m., June 15. For the latest updates click here.


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