AUSTIN, TX --A shooting in a crowded entertainment district in downtown Austin early Sunday caused a chaotic scene, leaving one woman dead and three others wounded. Police have issued a murder warrant for a person of interest in the case.
Teqnika Moultrie from San Carlos, California was the woman who was fatally shot, our sister station KGO-TV in San Francisco reports. Moultrie was a high school bus drive who came to Texas to meet her fiance's family. She was set to be married in September.
Authorities have identified 24-year-old Endicott McCray as a person of interest in the case, and issued a murder warrant with bail set at $2 million. McCray is described as 5'9" tall and 130 pounds with long corn rows and a goatee. He was not in custody as of late Sunday, according to the Austin Police Dept.
Police warn that McCray may be armed. Anybody with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588.
Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley says police received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, and found that five people had been shot.
"It was a very chaotic scene," Manley said. "A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out."
Moultrie was pronounced dead at the scene, and three other women were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with injuries that were serious, but not life-threatening. Manley said another victim declined to be transported to the hospital.
Manley didn't rule out that a suspect might be one of the people transported to the hospital.
"We have multiple individuals, witnesses, that we are currently interviewing," Manley said. "We had one individual who was initially noted as a person of interest, however that person's status at this point is undetermined."
Manley said because of the large crowd presence, police were getting descriptions of a suspect from witnesses. However, he said the descriptions were consistent, to an extent, but not all the same.
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.