Another weekend, another shooting spree.
An assailant is on the loose in Austin, Texas, after an early morning shooting attack Sunday in the Sixth Street entertainment district, leaving one woman dead and four others wounded.
Authorities received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly after 2 a.m., Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said. Manley said a suspect began firing into the crowd after an initial disturbance.
Police are now identifying the shooting suspect as 24-year-old Endicott Ishmael McCray.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, witnesses told police that McCray pulled out a handgun after being shoved by a man he was with around 2:15 a.m. near Sixth and Brazos Streets.
“McCray pointed the firearm at the ground in front of him and fired at least one gunshot,” the affidavit said. “McCray then immediately raised and canted the firearm sideways as he fired up to four more gunshots.”
One of the gunshots struck Teqnika Marie Moultrie, 30, in the head. She was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.
“Four surviving victims were transported via Austin-Travis County EMS to UMC Brackenridge hospital with both life-threatening and non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the chest, thigh, ankle and buttock,” the affidavit said.
Manley said another victim declined to be transported to the hospital.
“It was a very chaotic scene,” Manley said. “A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out.”
The affidavit says McCray was targeting his own brother-in-law, Chris McCutcheon, when he began firing. McCutcheon fled the scene and his whereabouts are unknown.
Police originally reported an active shooter scene in the area, but Manley said two separate incidents caused the confusion. He said there was another confrontation in a nearby parking garage and that a shot was fired there. A man was transported to the hospital after that confrontation, but his condition was not immediately known.
The nation has been on edge since the terrorist-related mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, in June that killed 49 leaving 53 wounded.