AUSTIN, Texas – Three adults are dead and an armed suspect is still at large in Northwest Austin following a shooting, according to Austin police.
The incident began at 11:42 a.m., Sunday, in the 9600 block of Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway, in the Arboretum area.
Officers were first notified with a report of a shooting or stabbing in the area, which is the department’s highest priority call, according to police. The first officer arrived on scene at 11:46 a.m.
Moments later, a “reverse 911 activation” was sent out for all residents in the area to know that a shooting happened and that they all needed to shelter in place, according to police.
Three adults — two women and one man — were found injured at the scene with gunshot wounds, police said. They were later pronounced dead on scene, according to officials.
A child was also involved in the incident but details are limited at this time. Officials said the child is now in police custody.
The suspect was identified as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41. He’s still at large, is considered armed and dangerous and is described as 5,’7″ with an average build, police said.
Broderick was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap.
His whereabouts are currently unknown and police helicopters and officers on the ground are searching for him.
Authorities said they are concerned that Broderick could take a hostage, shelter somewhere and wait for police to leave. That’s why residents in the area are asked to continue sheltering in place and to call 911 if they have any more information on his whereabouts.
Any 911 calls for medical response in the area will be handled by Austin-Travis County EMS Medics in an “alternate response model” other than an ambulance, due to the active situation, officials said. Delays may also occur.
Please note the information from #APD below & our previous information regarding any 911 calls for medical response in the immediate vicinity. They will be handled by an #ATCEMSMedic in an alternate response model other than an ambulance. Delays may occur. https://t.co/vGOtPRvsWd
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) April 18, 2021
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