AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Police Department is currently investigating a homicide in North Austin.
According to APD, a caller reported just before 7 p.m. that someone had been shot in the 500 block of Carpenter Avenue near N. Lamar Boulevard. When officers responded, they found a man with gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead shortly after.
The victim's family identified the man as 38-year-old Jose Francisco Antunez and has set up a GoFundMe for the funeral. APD later confirmed his identity.
The victim's family identified the man as 38-year-old Jose Francisco Antunez and has set up a GoFundMe for the funeral.
APD says preliminary information gathered thus far indicates that two black males in a maroon sedan were driving down Carpenter Avenue when they stopped and offered to sell Antunez and his friends some marijuana. Antunez declined at which time the suspects drove around the corner.
Seconds later, both suspects, one of whom was armed, approached the group from behind in what is believed to be an attempted robbery. An altercation ensued. During the disturbance, Antunez was shot. Neither the witnesses nor Antunez knew the suspects.
Suspect #1 is described as:
- Black male
- Estimated to be 6’ tall
- Thin build
- Last seen wearing a wine-colored sweatshirt
Suspect #2 is described as:
- Black male
- Light skin tone
- Estimated to be 5’7” tall
- Heavy set
- Last seen wearing a white or light-colored short sleeve shirt
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email firstname.lastname@example.org, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.
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