The shooting was reported at 11:42 a.m. local time at the intersection of Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway, in the northwest part of the city, according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Local media reported that the gunfire happened at an apartment complex near two shopping centers.
The three people killed were pronounced dead on the scene. All were adults.
Authorities said no other injuries had been reported. They urged people to avoid the area, saying that it “continues to be an active Law Enforcement scene.”
Reporters on the ground captured footage of a massive law enforcement presence. Multiple ambulances lined up outside an area shopping center, their sirens flashing. Police shut down a road, with patrol cars and police tape blocking it off.
Helicopters circled overhead, and several authorities wore heavy protective armor.
The episode unfolded roughly one month after a gunman killed eight people at Atlanta-area spas in March, beginning 34 days of violence during which the country has averaged nearly two shootings of four or more people per day, according to the Gun Violence Archive. During that span, 82 people have been killed and 228 injured, including the eight who were shot to death at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday before a former employee’s rampage ended in suicide.
The pace and scale of the shootings have been devastating. Recently, the country has hardly had time to mourn one high-profile shooting before another occurs. Less than a week after the Georgia incident, 10 were killed at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo. On the following Sunday, five people died in connected Baltimore County shootings. And in the two weeks after, six died in an apparent familicide in Texas and seven in a South Carolina attack, including the gunmen.
“I’m not going to give up until it’s done,” President Biden said last week of efforts to ban assault weapons and expand background checks for firearm purchases.
This is a developing story, and it will be updated.