Police identified Stephen Nicolas Broderick, 41, as a suspect, saying he was armed and dangerous. It is unknown whether he ran away on foot or by car.
During the incident, locals were advised to evacuate to their designated location. Police later described it as a domestic situation, but said the scene was “very active” on Twitter.
First responders found three adults with gunshot wounds, two Hispanic women, and a black man. They were declared dead on the scene. Preliminary investigations showed that the suspect knew the victim.
The Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service said there were no reports of further casualties.
Broderick is a former detective at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with sexually assaulting a child in June 2020. KXAN..
He was taken on leave and detained in Travis County Jail for $ 100,000 in public debt.
Following the shooting, there was a huge police presence in the scene near the intersection of the Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway in the city’s arboretum area. A heavily armed SWAT team in military uniform was part of the response.
The incident occurred shortly before noon in an apartment complex a few blocks away from the strip mall and Trader Joe’s grocery store.
Interim police chief Joseph Chacon said the child was involved but was safe and currently in custody.
Many roads were closed in the area, and as the search for suspects continued, people sought to report suspicious activity.