Victim identified in southeast Austin shooting

Police said they were called to Marble Creek Loop late Thursday night for a report of shots fired. The victim reportedly arrived at an Austin hospital shortly before 12 a.m. Friday, where he died.

AUSTIN – The victim in a southeast Austin shooting late Thursday has been identified as 19-year-old Quintin Vargas, and police believe the shooting was related to an attempted robbery.

Austin police said officers responded to a report of shots fired along the 6600 block of Marble Creek Loop around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 3. APD said 911 callers reported multiple shots had been fired by several men, and that one of the men was dragged to a waiting vehicle that fled the scene.

Police said officers who were responding to the shooting "observed three juveniles walking two blocks from the shooting," and that one them - identified only as a 16-year-old - was seen tossing a shirt and handgun off to the side of the road. APD said officers spoke with the juveniles, and that one of them said he was shot at first.

Around 11:50 p.m., APD received a 911 call from St. David's South Austin Medical Center saying a man - identified Friday morning as Vargas - had been brought in with a gunshot wound. APD said Vargas died from his injuries around 12:20 a.m. Aug. 4.

APD said homicide detectives believe Vargas and others drover to the 16-year-old's residence with the intention of robbing him of guns and drugs.

Police said they do not believe there is a threat to the public based on the information gathered so far.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is released.

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