AUSTIN, Texas -- Four people were fatally shot in Austin and two officers were wounded, and two others were killed in Bexar County in a shooting spree Tuesday.
An Austin ISD police segeant reported they had been shot in the leg in the parking lot of Nelson Field, accross from Northeast Early College High School around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to KTBC-TV.
The school was placed on lockdown as police searched for the suspect. Around noon, police received multiple 911 calls about a shooting on Shadywood Drive. Sources told the news station that the suspect saw a handyman sitting in his car in front of a home and shot the man through the passenger window before chasing down and shooting a woman who had been inside the home where the handyman was working. Both people died from their wounds.
Around 5 p.m., police say a male cyclist was shot in the 5700 block of West Slaughter Lane. His injuries were non-life-threatening. Around 6:48 p.m., police received a call about a burglary in progress on Austral Loop.
At 6:54 p.m., the responding officer saw the suspect in the backyard of the home, and the suspect opened fire. The officer returned fire and the officer was shot multiple times. The suspect was not hit. The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle. Around 7:14 p.m., after a pursuit with officers, the suspect crashed at an intersection and was taken into custody.
During the pursuit, officers entered the home on Austral Loop and found two bodies inside. Around 7:45 p.m., the Bexar County Sheriff's Department says it was informed that the Austin suspect had ties to a home there on Port Royal Street. Deputies responded to the home and found water coming out of the residence and forced their way in. They found two bodies inside the home. Deputies believe the suspect killed the victims in Bexar County before the shooting spree in Austin.
The man was charged with capital murder and was also booked on an outstanding warrant for assault with injury, family violence. Further charges are pending.