On Sunday, April 18, at least three people were killed in an apartment complex shooting in Northwest Austin, Texas.
Officials said the victims were two Hispanic women and one Black male. No children were involved in the shooting, and Austin police said the shooting was a “domestic situation.”
Capt. Christa Stedman, an EMS spokeswoman, said the first 911 call came in at 11:44 a.m, and three adults were fatally shot. She said she did not know where they were killed but that EMS was called to a shopping mall with many retail stores and a huge apartment complex behind it.
Authorities have identified the suspect tentatively as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, who is a former law enforcement officer charged with the sexual assault of a child last summer. Broderick was accused of sexually assaulting a child in June of 2020.
Authorities said he is still on the run and was identified as a black man wearing a grey hoodie, sunglasses, and a baseball cap when he was last seen.
It appears as though the shooting was not a random attack but an isolated incident in which Broderick targeted people he knew, Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said.
Chacon said, adding that Broderick is considered “armed and dangerous” at this point.
“We are concerned that he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave,” he said.
Therefore, he advised residents to remain in their homes and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
“If you see him, he is considered armed and dangerous at this point,” Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said of Broderick during a press briefing. “Obviously, this is a tragedy. We have people who have lost their lives out here.
KXXV-TV said police and emergency responders remain at the location of the shootings.
“APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills and Train Creek Parkway,” the Austin Police Department said on Twitter. “All residents are advised to shelter in place and avoid the area.”
@Austin_Police attempting to locate Stephen Broderick, 41, who was allegedly involved in a #shooting today in Austin, Texas near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. Residents should shelter in place and report any sighting of Broderick to 911. #AustinShooting pic.twitter.com/mV6HcuNcse
— FBI SanAntonio (@FBISanAntonio) April 18, 2021
Many emergency services, including hundreds of police vehicles, were visible in photos from the scene. Several ambulances and two SWAT trucks were on the scene, and two police helicopters and a drone.
The shooting in Austin is one of the shootings that have occurred in recent days, which have resulted in several fatalities.
In a shooting near Kenosha, Wisconsin, at least three people were killed, and two others were seriously wounded early Sunday.
A former FedEx warehouse employee opened fire inside the building on Thursday, killing eight people. At three Atlanta spas last month, eight people were shot and killed, including six women of Asian descent. A gunman opened fire in a convenience store in Boulder, Colorado, less than a week later, killing ten people.
Chacon said that Austin police would do whatever they can to conduct as thorough an investigation they can and get the suspect into custody as soon as possible with no further loss of life.