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Man arrested for deadly conduct after shootout at Austin apartment, police say

Paramedics transported a man with serious potentially life-threatening injuries.
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AUSTIN, Texas — A man has been sent to the hospital with serious, non life-threatening injuries after a reported shootout at northeast Austin apartment complex on Monday, Feb. 27.

Austin-Travis County EMS responded to reports of a man with a gunshot wound at about 11:50 a.m. in the 1900 block of E. Anderson Lane at Cameron Road.

Police said several witnesses saw two men start arguing about money outside of the apartment complex.

Witnesses then saw one of the men, Derrick Shorts, 25, leave and return with an AR-15 type rifle, according to the affidavit.

Police said the witnesses went on to say Shorts began shooting at the other man's vehicle, which was parked in front of the apartment complex. 

Police said they saw several vehicles in the complex that had been struck by bullets.

Witnesses went on to tell police Shorts began to then shoot at the apartments of the witnesses and the other man involved in the incident, according to the affidavit.

Police said the other man involved in the incident began to shoot back at Shorts with a 9mm Glock, later found at the scene by police.

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, police said they believe the two men involved in the shooting knew each other. The men were detained for questioning, including the man in the hospital, police said.

Shorts reportedly drove away from the scene before police were able to detain him.

Shorts has been charged with deadly conduct and is currently being held on a $40,000 bond.