Victim identified in deadly shooting in South Austin gym parking lot

A person is dead following a shooting in south Austin last month.

Austin Police Department says at 8:08 p.m. on May 23, officers responded to a report of a shooting at an LA Fitness parking lot at 1824 W Slaughter Lane.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a victim with obvious trauma on the ground. Despite life-saving measures, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, police say.

The victim was later identified as 36-year-old Jose Aguirre-Castellanos.

APD Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Specialists investigated the scene and interviewed multiple witnesses. Several vehicles fled the scene following multiple shots fired from those vehicles, according to eyewitnesses.

APD says a person of interest has been apprehended and questioned by detectives. Narcotics and robbery appear to be the motive behind the shooting. 

The official cause of death has been determined by the Travis County Medical Examiner as gunshot wounds, and the manner of death as homicide.

Detectives ask anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), the new Crime Stoppers App, and or email APD Homicide at You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD's mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

This case is being investigated as Austin's 29th homicide of 2022.