Austin police confirmed that two people were killed and 23 others injured at South by Southwest early Thursday morning (12:30 a.m.) after a car drove through a temporary barricade. The incident occurred at the corner of E. 10th St. and Red River St. nearby The Mohawk.
The driver’s identity, a lone male, has not been released but he has been taken into custody. According to Art Acevedo, Austin chief of police, the suspect will be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.
The driver initially was avoiding arrest from an officer checking for DWIs, wove through a gas station and sped down a one-way street the wrong way. While being pursued, the driver further accelerated through the barricade, striking numerous pedestrians for two blocks before hitting a taxi and two people on a moped. The moped passengers were the two pronounced dead on the scene. The driver then exited his car, attempted to run away on foot, where he was then apprehended and taken into custody.
Lt. Brian Moon of Austin Police Department said, “This is extremely unusual. There have been some very rare instances of vehicles striking pedestrians in the entertainment area, but this is the first time it’s ever affected a SXSW event.”
Last night The Mohawk was home to a House of Vans showcase. The accident occurred during X’s set, which was abruptly interrupted and evacuated. Tyler, the Creator’s set that was scheduled to follow was consequently cancelled. What did Tyler have to say about this?
Show Isnt Happening, Something Sad Happened. I’m Bummed
— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 13, 2014
Yes, something sad, indeed.
Austin police are asking any witnesses to the crime to call them at 512-974-5186 or e-mail at email@example.com.