Juveniles stopped after report of shots fired; Police found nearby backpack with handgun

Published 9:50 am Monday, April 8, 2019

Police stopped two juvenile males after a report of shots fired on Saturday in southeast Austin.

According to Austin Police Chief David McKichan, police responded to a call at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the 600 block of 10th Drive Southeast. The caller heard shots and observed two males leaving the area. The caller provided police with a description and stated they had a backpack.

While police spoke to the witness, another set of officers stopped two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, who matched the caller’s description, in the 100 block of 10th Drive Southeast, McKichan said. They searched the area and found a backpack on the east side of the Dobbins Creek Bridge. A nine-millimeter handgun was located inside the backpack.

Email newsletter signup

Police were able to ascertain from the juveniles that they were the individuals who fired the shots, McKichan said. It does not appear the juveniles were shooting at anything in particular.

McKichan said a man came to the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Saturday morning to report that a firearm had been stolen from his vehicle in the 1900 block of Second Avenue Southeast. The firearm matched the one found in the backpack, McKichan said.

McKichan did not release any further information regarding the juveniles.