Gunshots were fired into the air in downtown Austin early Sunday morning, sending a large crowd from South by Southwest into a momentary panic as police responded to the incident.
USA Today reports that a suspect was taken into custody shortly after a gun was recovered around the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Trinity Street near Trinity Hall, a downtown private events center. Austin City Hall tweeted a warning after the incident, advising people stay away from the intersection where shots were fired.
Avoid area around 6th and Trinity, possible shots fired.— Austin Texas (@austintexasgov) March 20, 2016
Local reporters on the scene described the episode as chaotic:
Just witnessed Shots fired at SXSW causing crowd of people to run in panic. Details still pending. #SXSW— Kristin Diaz (@KristinDiaz_TV) March 20, 2016
Thankfully, the Austin Police Department reported that there were no injuries.