Three people are shot dead in Austin with gunman remaining on the loose

Three adults were shot dead in Austin Sunday with the gunman remaining on the loose and residents told to shelter at home. 

A large number of patrol cars rushed to the scene along with SWAT teams in military fatigues.  

Police confirmed at 1pm CDT that the shooter was still active, but said the incident is believed to be a ‘domestic situation’ that does not pose a risk to the general public. 

The Austin-Travis County EMS said three adults had been killed but it had not received reports of any other victims. 

Police know the identity of the gunman, according to a report by KVUE-TV in Austin.  

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Dozens of patrol cars rushed to the scene of a shooting in Austin Sunday along with heavily-armed SWAT teams in military fatigues

Dozens of patrol cars rushed to the scene of a shooting in Austin Sunday along with heavily-armed SWAT teams in military fatigues

Dozens of patrol cars rushed to the scene of a shooting in Austin Sunday along with heavily-armed SWAT teams in military fatigues

Police confirmed at 1pm CDT that the shooter was still active, but said the incident is believed to be a 'domestic situation' that does not pose a risk to the general public

Police confirmed at 1pm CDT that the shooter was still active, but said the incident is believed to be a 'domestic situation' that does not pose a risk to the general public

Police confirmed at 1pm CDT that the shooter was still active, but said the incident is believed to be a ‘domestic situation’ that does not pose a risk to the general public 

Josh Katzowitz, who had been shopping at the nearby Trader Joe’s, said police and ambulances came ‘pouring in’ to the area as he was leaving.

He didn’t hear any shooting.

‘The cops had their guns out,’ he said. ‘Some had pistols, some had rifles and they were strapping on bulletproof vests. 

‘There were all of a sudden ambulances, sirens and police cars There were cops coming from everywhere.’  

Austin Police Department tweeted at 1.40pm CDT: ‘APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. 

‘All residents are advised to shelter in place and avoid the area. PIO en route. – PIO8.’ 

The department added 40 minutes later: ‘At this time the Great Hills Trail scene is still active. We are still asking residents to shelter in place and report suspicious activity. 

‘While a suspect is still at large it appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated and there is no risk to the general public.’

Josh Katzowitz, who had been shopping at the nearby Trader Joe's, said police and ambulances came 'pouring in' to the area as he was leaving

Josh Katzowitz, who had been shopping at the nearby Trader Joe's, said police and ambulances came 'pouring in' to the area as he was leaving

Josh Katzowitz, who had been shopping at the nearby Trader Joe’s, said police and ambulances came ‘pouring in’ to the area as he was leaving 

The Austin-Travis County EMS said three adults had been killed but it had not received reports of any other victims 

EMS spokeswoman Capt. Christa Stedman said early Sunday afternoon that the first 911 call came in at 11.44am CDT and that three adults were fatally shot 

EMS spokeswoman Capt. Christa Stedman said early Sunday afternoon that the first 911 call came in at 11.44am CDT.

Images from the scene showed a large presence of emergency responders.

Steadman said she did not know the exact location where the three people were killed.

She said they responded to an area that included a strip mall, several retail stores with a large apartment complex behind it. 

Austin Police Department tweeted at 1.50pm ET: 'APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway.' The department added 40 minutes later that it was a 'domestic situation'

Austin Police Department tweeted at 1.50pm ET: 'APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway.' The department added 40 minutes later that it was a 'domestic situation'

Austin Police Department tweeted at 1.50pm ET: ‘APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway.’ The department added 40 minutes later that it was a ‘domestic situation’ 

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