Police find shell casings, damaged vehicles after reports of shots fired

Published 11:37 am Monday, June 22, 2020

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Police are investigating two Monday morning reports of shots fired.

According to Austin Police Chief David McKichan, the Austin Police Department and Mower County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shots fired call at 1:02 a.m. on Monday in the 300 block of South Main Street. A similar call came in at 1:09 a.m. from the 800 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast.

Manamany Omot Abella, 20

Officers located two spent .40 caliber shell casings and two live .40 caliber rounds in the roadway in the 300 block of South Main Street. One impact site was found in the side of a Chevy Equinox.

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Sixteen spent 9mm casings were found at the Sixth Avenue Southeast location. A single impact was found in a parked Honda Odyssey on Sixth Avenue.

Law enforcement is not aware of any known injuries.

Manamany Omot Abella, 20, of Austin was taken into custody as a result of the investigation in the 300 block of South Main Street, McKichan said. The Mower County Jail Custody website indicates he may face a possible dangerous weapons felony charge.

These cases both remain under active investigation and police believe they may be connected.

Members of the public can contact the Austin Police Department if they have any information.

McKichan also said members of the public should inspect their property and vehicles, especially in and around the 800 and 900 blocks of Sixth Avenue Southeast, for any damage.