Six separate shootings mar SXSW Music Festival’s closing weekend


Austin Police was busy this weekend after a string of six separate shootings, including one involving an officer, happened during the closing weekend of the South By Southwest Festival. 

Four of the shootings happened in the busy 6th Street and Downtown Entertainment District that is home to the annual SXSW festival which officially concludes Sunday. In total, 10 people were shot, two of those are considered serious, life-threatening shootings according to KTSM affiliate KXAN.

  • Saturday, 2:45 a.m. – I-35 and 6th Street in Downtown – Wendy’s. Three men injured. All expected to survive.
  • Saturday, 5:30 a.m. – 2505 Longview in West Campus. One person transported with non-life threatening injuries.
  • Saturday, 6:21 a.m. – I-35 and St. John’s Ave. in North Austin – Denny’s. One male victim with serious, possibly life-threatening injuries. 
  • Sunday, 12 a.m. – East 6th Street and San Jacinto Blvd. in Downtown – Man in his 20s transported with critical, life-threatening injuries.
  • Sunday, 3 a.m. – I-35 and 11th St. in Downtown/East Austin. One man shot, in serious condition but expected to survive.
  • Sunday 3 a.m. – I-35 and 7th St. in Downtown – Officer involved shooting. At least three people shot, none expected to be serious. 

Five years ago, four people were killed and dozens were injured during the 2014 SXSW Festival when 21-year-old Rashad Owens plowed through the crowd at a high rate of speed attempting to evade police during a traffic stop. He was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. 

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