A former sheriff’s deputy in Texas was being wanted the authorities mentioned he fatally shot three individuals in Austin on Sunday.
Joseph Chacon, the interim chief of the Austin Police Division, mentioned the authorities responded to a name a couple of doable taking pictures or stabbing in northwest Austin shortly earlier than midday native time on Sunday.
When officers arrived on the scene, close to an upscale buying middle known as the Arboretum, they discovered three individuals — two girls and one man — with gunshot wounds, Chief Chacon mentioned. The victims, all of whom have been pronounced lifeless on the scene, weren’t instantly recognized.
Mayor Steve Adler of Austin mentioned on Twitter that the taking pictures occurred at an house advanced known as Arboretum Oaks.
The authorities recognized the gunman as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41. Chief Chacon mentioned on Sunday afternoon that it was his “understanding” that Mr. Broderick “at one time” labored as a sheriff’s deputy in Travis County, which incorporates Austin. He didn’t elaborate. A person with Mr. Broderick’s title and date of start had been employed on the sheriff’s workplace in Travis County till June of final yr, when he was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a kid, in accordance with Kristen Darkish, a spokeswoman for the workplace. The worker, who labored as a detective on property crimes, resigned after his arrest, she mentioned.
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez mentioned in an announcement “I’m shocked and saddened by this horrific information” and that her workplace is able to help within the investigation and assist the sufferer’s households.
Citing court docket data, The Austin-American Statesman reported that Mr. Broderick’s spouse filed for a protecting order and for divorce shortly after his arrest.
“For those who see him, he’s thought of armed and harmful at this level,” Chief Chacon mentioned on Sunday. “We nonetheless shouldn’t have this scene fully below management. Clearly, this can be a tragedy. We’ve individuals who have misplaced their lives out right here.”
Chief Chacon mentioned that investigators believed that the gunman knew the individuals who have been shot.
“Our preliminary investigation signifies that he did know the victims and that it was definitely focused to them,” Chief Chacon mentioned. “Nevertheless, I might say that the hazard nonetheless stays excessive at this level, and we wish to make it possible for individuals perceive that half.”
A shelter-in-place order that was issued for residents and companies within the space of the taking pictures was lifted on Sunday afternoon, however Chief Chacon mentioned individuals within the space must be vigilant and look out for the gunman, who he mentioned was final seen carrying a grey hooded sweatshirt, sun shades and a baseball cap.
“We’re going to proceed to search for this particular person as a result of he continues to pose a menace to this neighborhood,” Chief Chacon mentioned. Earlier, the chief had mentioned the gunman “may presumably take a hostage and be himself sheltered someplace ready for us to go away.”
Andy Brown, who, because the Travis County choose is the county’s chief govt, known as on state lawmakers in Texas to work to stop shootings just like the one in Austin on Sunday.
“This can be a tragedy we endure too typically,” Mr. Brown mentioned in an interview. “Our legislators have to come back collectively to search out frequent floor to stop mass shootings like this.”
“My coronary heart is damaged immediately,” he added. “We have to do higher.”
Azi Paybarah contributed reporting.