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Austin police arrest man connected to shooting during car club gathering; police looking for 2 more suspects

The Austin Police Department said two people were shot and one was stabbed at the event on Nash Hernandez Senior Road.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police have arrested a man connected to a shooting that happened Sunday near Rendon Park in East Austin where three people were hurt.

The Austin Police Department (APD) arrested 24-year-old Braylon Harper for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.

The APD said the shooting happened at approximately 7:53 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Nash Hernandez Senior Road. Approximately 15 calls were placed to 911 reporting that there was an active shooter, according to APD.

Police said Harper and two men got into a fight and Harper was stabbed. Then, Harper fired a pistol in the direction of the two men, striking a bystander who was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, APD said. 

On Sunday, police had reported that three total people were injured: two from gunshot wounds and one from a stabbing wound.

APD said the incident stemmed from a car club gathering. There were also several parties going on at the time that seemed to be Easter-related, APD said. Every week, there's a car club meet-up at East Austin’s Fiesta Gardens, or “Chicano Park."

Police told KVUE on Sunday one person had life-threatening injuries. 

APD is still searching for the two men who were allegedly involved in the fight.

APD said information gathered thus far indicates that this is an isolated event and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Residents of a luxury apartment complex near the park have complained recently about noise, traffic and smoke during the car club meet-ups. The meetings are a decades-long tradition in East Austin.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to call the APD Aggravated Assault unit at 512-974-9741, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS) or use the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous. 

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects.


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