Austin man shot; suspect at large

Published 9:55 am Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This house, across from the Post Office, was the scene of a shooting Monday evening. -- Eric Johnson/

Austin police are looking for suspects after a 28-year-old Austin man was shot in the upper leg by another man Monday evening.

The condition of the man was unknown as of Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Brian Krueger said the shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. Monday when a man who appeared to be carrying a 12-gauge shotgun walked into the man’s apartment at 200 1st St. SE.

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The suspect apparently barged into the apartment demanding money. When the man said he didn’t have any money, a struggle ensued, resulting in a gunshot to the man’s upper leg.

The man was transported to Austin Medical Center by ambulance and was later airlifted by Mayo One to Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Scanner traffic Monday evening indicated that two of the man’s fingers were also shot off, but Krueger said he could not confirm that as of Tuesday morning.

There were two children, ages 5 and 7, in the home at the time of the incident.

Krueger said the suspect was described as a thin black man between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing all black with a black mask covering his mouth and nose. He was also possibly wearing a trench coat.

Police are also looking for ties between this case and another home invasion that happened Sunday, Feb. 27, when four black men broke into a home in the 800 block of Eighth Ave. SW and demanded marijuana and money.

Austin detectives worked throughout the night Monday investigating leads in the shooting. However, Krueger said there is no need for Austin residents to be alarmed.

“(The detectives) are actively following up on leads,” he said. “I don’t feel the general public should be in fear for their safety at this time.”