Stephen Nicholas Broderick has been tentatively named as the suspect in the deadly shooting near the Arboretum on Sunday. Three people were killed, according to authorities.
Broderick is still on the loose, according to police, though it is suspected to be a domestic incident with no threat to the general public. Interim Chief Joe Chacon of the Austin Police Department said authorities had no idea where Broderick went or whether he escaped in a car or on foot.
Authorities still have no idea what kind of weapon was used or whether Broderick still has one in his possession.
Police name a preliminary suspect in the shooting of 3 in NW Austin: Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41.@Chief_Chacon saying police fear the suspect could take hostages and asking residents to check on each other. @KVUEpic.twitter.com/Z8W2Z5qVUZ
According to police, the shooting happened in the 9600 blocks of Great Hills Trail near the Arboretum shopping center in Northwest Austin on Sunday afternoon.
The fatal shootings happened shortly before 12 p.m. local time, according to police. There were no other injuries, and the suspect fled the scene. According to police, Broderick was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses, and a baseball cap.
The suspect who went on a shooting spree today in Austin, Texas, killing a black man & two Hispanic women, has been identified as Stephen Nicholas Broderick. He was charged last year for a sex crime against a child. pic.twitter.com/lLmETguc5G
Temporary During a press conference about 2:30 p.m., Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon named Broderick as the man being investigated by police. Chacon said, “I will be putting his name out because it is a matter of public safety because at this point he is still not in custody.”
Chacon added, “He is still at large. We do think he is armed, and he is very much dangerous. … We do not believe this individual is out targeting random people to shoot them. That does not mean he is not dangerous … I don’t want anyone to think we are packing up and going home. We are going to continue to look for this individual because he continues to pose a threat to this community.”
Austin Police Chief Chacon provided an on scene brief today, regarding the incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. Please see attached photo of the suspect, Stephen Broderick, 41 years of age, black male who is 5 feet and 7 inches tall. https://t.co/HQu5bOwhlcpic.twitter.com/EVDU64Rph2
Police were called to the scene after getting a report of an active shooter incident but later said on Twitter that the gunman knew the victims and that it was not a random assault. The department’s first tweet said, “APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. All residents are advised to shelter in place and avoid the area.”
Chacon told reporters, “Our preliminary investigation indicates that he did know the victims and that it was certainly targeted to them. However, I would say that the danger remains high at this point. And we want to make sure that people understand that part.”
According to police, there was proof that a child was involved, but the child was found and is safe and with police, according to Chacon. According to Austin Mayor Steven Adler, the shooting occurred at the Arboretum Oaks Apartments.
APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. All residents are advised to shelter in place and avoid the area. PIO en route. – PIO8
Then Austin Police tweeted, “At this time the Great Hills Trail scene is still active. We are still asking residents to shelter in place and report suspicious activity. While a suspect is still at large it appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated and there is no risk to the general public.”
Media briefing. @Austin_Police Interim Chief Chacon says shooting and reverse 911 happened this morning at apartment complex near Arboretum. Suspect: Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41. Still searching for this man. 3 people dead. APD concerned about hostages. MORE: @KXAN_Newspic.twitter.com/KsIig6oCkV