One in custody after shots fired in Northeast Austin


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 7:00 PM

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AUSTIN -- Police have arrested one person at a home in Northeast Austin after neighbors reported hearing shots being fired.

It happened Friday morning at a home located on Highpoint Drive near Loyola Lane, west of U.S. 183.

Investigators say two men began arguing in front of the home, then one chased the other down the street while firing a gun.

“What we believe happened is the suspect got into an altercation and started chasing him eastbound down Loyola, shooting at him as he went,” said corporal Eric Tyler.  “He didn't hit him. The victim's fine.”

A man working nearby and neighbors called police, who responded within minutes. It didn't take long for officers to find the suspected shooter and place him under arrest.

“We don't know if they were friends or acquaintances, but we do believe they do know each other in some form or fashion,” Tyler said.

Police blocked off nearby streets for hours while searching the ground for shell casings. They're not sure how many shots he fired.

Investigators say the suspect lives in the neighborhood. His target does not. Officers are still questioning the men involved and have not said what started the argument in an otherwise calm area of the city.

"It's a very quiet neighborhood. Mostly retired people and senior citizens," said Dorothy Johnson.

She’s lived in her home on Highpoint Drive for close to 30 years, and says she never expected to see dozens of officers swarm her street.

"To see the yellow ribbon on my mailbox, I was very surprised. I didn't know what was going on. It's sort of shocking," Johnson said.