Three dead, gunman on the run in Texas shooting

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At least three people have been killed at an apartment complex in a shooting incident in Austin, Texas, US authorities say.

Austin police, calling the situation "an active shooting incident," said they were searching for a suspect.

"While a suspect is still at large, it appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated and there is no risk to the general public," Austin police said on Twitter.

 Emergency responders say several people have been fatally shot in Great Hills Trail in Northwest Austin, Texas. Source: AP
Emergency responders say several people have been fatally shot in Great Hills Trail in Northwest Austin, Texas. Source: AP

The shooting occurred near a popular shopping area in the northwest part of the city, which is the capital of Texas.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Department said three "adult patients" were dead at the scene of the shooting, which was reported shortly before noon on Sunday, local time.

"No additional patients have been reported or located at this time," the department said on Twitter about an hour after the incident was first reported.

Police urged residents to avoid the area.

Suspect identified as former cop

Police know the identity of the gunman, later posting an image of the man on social media and identifying the gunman as 41-year-old Stephen Broderick.

The Austin American Statesman reported Broderick is a former law enforcement officer.

Last year, Broderick was accused of sexually assaulting a child and was working as a detective for Travis County Sheriff's Office, CBS Austin reported.

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Three dead in tavern shooting

In a separate incident on Sunday (local time), three people were killed and two were seriously wounded in a shooting at a busy tavern in southeastern Wisconsin.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said the suspect in the shooting was still at large, but that he believes the public is not in danger.

“We believe our suspect knew who he was targeting,” Beth said during a Sunday morning news conference. 

The suspect had been asked to leave the bar, but returned and opened fire. Beth said shots were fired inside and outside the bar, which he described as “very busy” at the time. 

He left open the possibility there was more than one suspect. He said he believed at least one handgun was used.

Authorities say several people were killed and a few were seriously wounded in a shooting early Sunday at the tavern in Kenosha County in southeastern Wisconsin. Source: AP
Authorities say several people were killed and a few were seriously wounded in a shooting early Sunday at the tavern in Kenosha County in southeastern Wisconsin. Source: AP

Officials were still working to determine the identities of the people who died. Beth said two people died at the scene. 

The third person hopped in a car with two other people, who moments later flagged down a police vehicle. The officer drove the victim to a hospital where that person was pronounced dead, Beth said.

There has been a recent string of shootings across the US, including the killings of eight people at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday. 

Last month, four people were killed at an office shooting in California, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

Amid the spate of shootings, US president Joe Biden is renewing a push to improve gun control laws.

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