Celebration Turns to Chaos at SXSW as Shooting Breaks Out Leaving One Person Injured; Suspect Arrested

(Courtesy Matthew Carey)

The celebratory mood Saturday night at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas ended in chaos, after a shooting erupted at the corner of 6th Street and San Jacinto, according to an eyewitness report from the scene.

“There was loud pop that I heard. There was a pause of a second or two, then the people in the crowd started shouting ‘a shooting,’ and everybody started running,” festival attendee Matthew Carey told Deadline.

Paramedics responded and at least one person suffered a gunshot wound, Carey said. Another person was seen being taken away in handcuffs, as the photo above shows. That arrest came from extremely quick intervention by the Austin Police Department, another source told Deadline. “They were on the guy within a minute,” the source noted of police action in the highly patrolled neighborhood.

The Austin Police Department confirmed the shooting late Saturday night on social media:

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SOURCE: Anita Bennett and Dominic Patten