AUSTIN -- A man was killed outside University Medical Center Brackenridge just before the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve. Police have charged 32-year-old Jesus Rodriguez, Jr. with murder.
Police say Rodriguez shot the victim about 50 feet outside the hospital's emergency room driveway between the ambulances and parking garage.
Two unarmed security officers patrolling the hospital witnessed the shooting. Stan Knee, Austin's former police chief and the current security director for Brackenridge, said the shooter tried to run but security officers and Austin police took him into custody immediately.
"We did have a homicide. the suspect is in custody. He's not roaming around. The weapon used has been recovered," said Knee.
Knee said in his nearly four years as the hospital's security director, this is the first incident he's encountered. He said the shooting did not interrupt medical care, and the hospital did not go on lockdown.
The victim was taken inside the hospital but died from his injuries. No one else was injured.
Police have not released why the victim was at the hospital.