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Four people were shot dead during the festival in downtown Austin

Four people were injured in a shootout in downtown Austin outside a venue used for this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival.

A shooter opened this morning (20 The Independent).

Four people were injured in the incident at East 6th St and Neches St. EMTs took them to a nearby hospital. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Austin Police secured the area and warned the public to avoid the scene while the suspect was initially on the run. About two hours after the incident, the shooter was arrested by the police. The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.

“Officers were patrolling the 400 block of East 6th Street near the Toulouse Bar when they heard multiple gunshots from that area,” the Austin Police Department said in a statement The Independent.

“One person involved in the shooting is in custody. During our preliminary investigations, we determined that the shooting began as a disturbance between two groups of people. Due to the ongoing investigation, we are not releasing the name of the person arrested. Officials believe this was no coincidence and there is no danger to the public.”

The statement added, “We will release more information as it becomes available.”

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A sign welcomes SXSW festivalgoers. PHOTO CREDIT: Jim Bennett/WireImage

SXSW is an annual music, film and media event that resumed its in-person event this month in Austin, Texas after its 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The music festival, which takes place across multiple venues, began on March 14 and ends today (March 20) with hundreds of artists taking part in the event.

Austin Police had promised to provide a higher level of security for this year’s festival after several shootings last weekend of SXSW 2019.

Police have asked that someone come forward with information about this morning’s shooting.

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Caroline Bleakley

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