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Adult male in custody, juvenile apprehended after report of shots fired in northwest Austin early Sunday morning

A juvenile was apprehended, and an adult male is in custody after a report of shots fired in northwest Austin early Sunday morning.

Austin Police officers were called at approximately 3:11 a.m. Sunday morning to the 900 block of 3rd Avenue Northwest for a report of shots being fired.  Chief Dave McKichan reported that as officers arrived at the scene, numerous cars were seen leaving the area.  Officers located numerous scattered items at the scene, including shell casings, and a witness told officers that at least six shots were believed to have been fired outside a nearby residence.  McKichan stated that another witness returned to the scene and told authorities that there were several bullet holes in their vehicle, which they believed occurred as they drove off from the area.  

Chief McKichan went on to report in a press release that the owner of the residence at 909 3rd Avenue Northwest, where the activity was centered was not cooperative, and officers then set up a perimeter around the home and applied for a search warrant.  While waiting for the warrant, McKichan stated that a juvenile suspect fled the scene, and was apprehended hiding behind a parked vehicle in the 900 block of 2nd Avenue Northwest.  He went on to state that the juvenile was believed to have been tied to the shooting, and the search warrant was ultimately executed by the Austin/Mower County Special Incident Response, or SIRT Team due to the believed presence of a handgun and an additional subject tied to the shooting inside the residence.  Chief McKichan stated that 15-20 people were located inside the home, and 24-year old Eric Starnes Jr. was taken into custody.  A juvenile runaway was also located, and McKichan went on to state that a handgun was later located in a driveway in the 900 block of 2nd Avenue NW at the same location identified as where the officers had found  the juvenile hiding.

The case remains under active investigation. 


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