Investigation underway into a deadly attack at a North Austin motel

The Austin Police Department said they received a call about a shooting or stabbing at the University Inn at 7800 N IH 35 just after 2 p.m.Friday.

The Inn is a daily hotel as well as an extended stay, so some people stay long-term.

FOX 7 spoke to hotel employees who said a man, with a woman, ran into the hotel screaming he had been shot, asking for help and a hotel employee called 911.

The employee said the woman told police the man was shot by another man in the parking lot.

“There was a male victim located. He was transported to the hospital with injuries at this time, he was pronounced deceased,” Corporal Angel Polansky of the Austin Police Department said.

A woman was seen on scene in handcuffs, which was later taken in the back of an APD vehicle. It was not clear how she was involved. Corporal Polansky said there were multiple witnesses who were taken to headquarters for questioning.

Hotel employees said no one heard gun shots. APD said they are still investigating the cause of the man's death and they are looking for a suspect.

“Anytime we have a suspicious death, and we don't have a suspect right now, everybody should probably be on alert and keep their eyes and ears open. If they see anything suspicious call 911, and let us know so we can check it out,” Corporal Polansky said.

Hotel employees said the people involved were not registered guests and they believe they had snuck into a vacant room.


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The Austin Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in North Austin that left one person dead. The shooting took place at the University Inn motel which many visitors use for extended stay, officials said.

Austin-Travis County EMS transported a man to University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital after he was shot in the 7800 block of North IH-35 shortly after 2 p.m. The victim, whose identity remains unknown, died of critical injuries from a gunshot wound.

Despite earlier reports, APD said they are still looking for a suspect. Witnesses were taken to APD headquarters for questioning. 

This is an ongoing investigation. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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