Manhunt Underway After Fatal Shooting of Three in Austin, Texas

Police in Austin, Texas conduct a manhunt for Stephen Nicholas Broderick, the tentative suspect of a shooting that killed three people on April 18.

Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at a media briefing that Broderick is considered to be armed and dangerous, telling residents near the area of the incident to “remain vigilant.”

“At this point, we do not think this individual is out there targeting random people to shoot. That does not mean he is not dangerous,” Chacon warned, after saying that the three unnamed victims of the shooting knew Broderick.

“We are concerned he may take a hostage or may himself be sheltered somewhere, waiting for us to leave,” Chacon said.

Chacon described Broderick as a 5-foot-7 Black man wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses, and a baseball cap.

Chacon said that it is unknown if Broderick fled the area in a vehicle or on foot.

Chacon also said that Broderick targeted the three victims — two Hispanic women and one Black man — but the relationship remains unclear.

The motive for the shooting also remains unknown.

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office stated on Twitter that Broderick was originally arrested for sexual assault of a child last June but was released on a $50,000 bond in the same month.

The attorney’s office has filed a motion to revoke the bond.

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