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Victim identified in fatal southeast Austin shooting; no suspect in custody

This is being investigated as Austin's 19th homicide of the year, according to police.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department is investigating an early morning homicide in southeast Austin on March 21.

APD said Tuesday that at approximately 12:28 a.m., 911 received multiple calls about gunshots heard near the 800 block of Montopolis Drive. APD also learned that someone who appeared to be in need of medical assistance was in the same area. 

APD later clarified that the location of the shooting was the 6300 block of Felix Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene, they found an unresponsive man, later identified as 20-year-old Jacob Anthony Soto, lying in the middle of the street with an apparent gunshot wound. Officials performed life-saving measures, but Soto was pronounced dead shortly after he was found.

APD said that officers discovered a trail of blood leaving the crime scene and, as the investigation continued, officers learned that a second person who was shot checked into a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. That person was located and interviewed, according to APD.

Homicide detectives and crime scene specialists processed the scene, and investigators learned that another man was with Soto before the shooting. Detectives believe that all three men arranged a meeting that then escalated into a physical fight, leading to the shooting. 

This investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed against anyone at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call APD at 512-974-TIPS. You may also submit your tip anonymously through Capital Area Crime Stoppers online or by calling 512-472-8477. 

A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for any information that leads to an arrest.

This is being investigated as Austin's 19th homicide of the year, according to police.

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