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Texas suspect in custody after day-long shooting spree leaves 6 dead, 3 injured across separate locations – Fox News

Published December 6, 2023 By admin

A suspect who previously served in the Army is in custody in Texas after a shooting spree that is believed to have left six people dead and wounded three more, including two police officers, across two counties on Tuesday, authorities said.Shane James, 34, is being held in the Travis County jail on multiple counts of capital murder and several misdemeanors, according to jail records. Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive for the killings.

The shooting spree in Austin began around 10:45 a.m. in the 7200 block of Bachman Drive, where an Austin Independent School district police officer was shot and injured, Henderson said. Over an hour later, police received 911 calls about a male and female victim killed in a double homicide at 7300 Shady Wood Drive, the interim chief said.YOGURT SHOP MURDERS: TEXAS FAMILIES MARK 32 YEARS SINCE UNSOLVED KILLINGS OF FOUR GIRLS Shane James, 34, is charged in connection with a shooting spree in Texas.  (Austin Police Department)The third shooting happened just before 5 p.m., according to Henderson, when police responded to 5701 West Slaughter Lan and found a male cyclist shot and suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Police received multiple 911 calls around 11:59 a.m. about a male and female victim killed in an apparent double homicide at 7300 Shady Wood Drive. (FOX7 Austin KTBC)A fourth shooting was reported around 6:45 p.m. after an Austin police officer responded to a burglary in progress in the 5300 block of Austral Loop.

The suspect opened fire on the officer in the backyard of the residence, striking the officer multiple times.  The fourth incident happened in the 5300 block of Austral Loop. The suspect shot a responding police officer and two victims were found dead inside a home. (FOX7 Austin KTBC)The wounded officer returned fire and sought cover. The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was in stable condition at a hospital, Henderson said.

James was not hit during the exchange with the officer and fled the scene in a vehicle, which he crashed several minutes later following a pursuit with other officers. He was then taken into custody.When police searched the home of the reported burglary, officers found two more victims dead.Police learned the suspect may have connections to a home in Bexar County and alerted authorities there, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said late Tuesday.

Salazar said that deputies found two middle-aged victims dead inside the home in an apparent “grisly” double homicide. He said the murders likely occurred before the shooting spree in Austin and that it is unclear what relationship, if any, that the suspect has with the victims.James served as an Army infantry officer from February 2013 to August 2015, Bryce Dubee of the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs for the Army’s Pentagon office told Fox News Digital. He had no deployments and separated from the military on Aug. 17, 2015. He left the service with the rank of 1st Lt., Dubee said.

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