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Austin police chief IDs suspect in shooting that left 3 dead near The Arboretum – Austin American-Statesman

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Police identify suspect

Austin police are looking for 41-year-old Stephen Nicholas Broderick as the tentative suspect in the shooting in Northwest Austin that left three people dead Sunday afternoon.

In a media update Sunday afternoon, Interim Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon said officers responded at 11:42 a.m. to a 911 call coming from an address near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. A reverse 911 call was sent to residents in the area to notify them of the shooting and urging them to shelter in place. 

Watch replay: Austin police deliver update on shooting, ID suspect as Stephen Broderick

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims are two women and a man, Chacon said. A child was involved in the incident but he was located safe and is now in police custody, C said.

Several law enforcement agencies are working in the area to search for Broderick. Chacon said he is 5 foot, 7 inches and has a medium build. Broderick was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap, Chacon said.

Stephen Broderick

People in the area are still urged to shelter in place. Chacon said there is concern that Broderick might take hostages in the area. 

“Obviously this is a tragedy. We have people who have lost their lives here,” Chacon said. “We’ll do our best … to get this person in custody … and hopefully with no more loss of life.”

Chacon said police are no longer classifying the incident as an active shooter situation. Preliminary information is that Broderick knew the victims and that the shooting was targeted to them.

“However, danger remains high,” he said.  

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Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon talks to media after a shooting in Northwest Austin left three people dead on Sunday. Chacon revealed the name of the shooting suspect as Stephen Broderick, who was still at large Sunday afternoon.

Law enforcement background

Chacon said Broderick might have a background in law enforcement but did not confirm.

More:What we know about Austin shooting suspect Stephen Broderick

Records show Broderick, a former Travis County sheriff’s office detective, is charged with sexual assault of a child. Broderick was booked into jail in June and spent 16 days behind bars prior to posting bail, which was set at $50,000.

Broderick, a property crimes detective, resigned after his arrest, according to Travis County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark.

Court and public records show that Broderick’s wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after her husband’s arrest.

Police: Incident appears to be ‘domestic situation’

Austin police said the active shooter incident at an apartment complex near The Arboretum appears to have stemmed from a domestic situation. 

Police said the suspect in the shooting remains at large. Austin police officials told the American-Statesman they are “increasingly confident they do know the identity of the suspect.” The person has not been publicly identified. 

Police said they do not currently believe there is a risk to the general public. 

Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted that the location of the shooting is the Arboretum Oaks Apartments at 9617 Great Hills Trails.

Residents near are the area are still urged to shelter in place and report suspicious activity. 

Police are expected to give an update to media soon. 

An Austin police helicopter flies above the Great Hills Trail area in Northwest Austin on Sunday afternoon as authorities searched for the suspect in a shooting that medics say left three people dead.

EMS: 3 pronounced dead 

Medics have pronounced three people dead at the scene of the shooting, Austin-Travis County EMS said Sunday.

No other injuries have been immediately reported. 

American-Statesman reporters could see helicopters flying around the area as Austin police continue to search for the suspect, who remains at large. 

EMS is still urging people to avoid the area. Residents in the area should shelter in place, Austin police said. Police said Loop 360 will be shut down in both directions from Spicewoods Springs to U.S. 183.

EMS reports ‘active attack/shooter’ incident near The Arboretum

Three people have been shot and injured in what Austin-Travis County EMS is calling an an active attack/shooter incident in Northwest Austin, officials said Sunday afternoon.

Austin police told the American-Statesman that the suspect is at large. 

The incident was reported at 11:42 a.m. at the 9600 block of Great Hills Trail, EMS said. Austin police said the incident happened near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway.

Officials say the shooting is at a nearby apartment complex. Great Hills Plaza and The Arboretum shopping centers are near the location.

The three people who were injured are receiving CPR, medics said.

Austin police, medics and firefighters are responding to the call, EMS said.

People are urged to avoid the area.

No other details were immediately available. 

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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