Two men injured in West Campus shooting


On Wednesday, two men were shot at a construction site at 1901 Rio Grande Street, according to Austin police. The construction site is marked with the red pin.

Julia Brouillette

Two men were injured in a shooting around 11:45 a.m. at a construction site near the intersection of Rio Grande Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to Austin police. 

UT officials sent a University-wide announcement about the incident via email at 12:38 p.m. According to the statement, no one connected with the University was involved in the incident.

“There is no threat to campus as both the victim and the suspect are in custody,” officials said in the email.

Anna Sabana, APD public information officer, said the department received a disturbance call at 11:43 a.m. and both of the injuries were gunshot wounds. Sabana said no one else was hurt.

Both men were transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge. Hospital officials said they could not give updates on the men’s conditions.

Biology junior Cecilia Vichier-Guerre said she drove by the scene shortly after the shots were fired.

“My mom heard about it first, then we were driving together and we saw all of the cop cars around the area,” Vichier-Guerre said. “There were a lot, maybe like 10 cop cars … they really had it down.”

Vichier-Guerre, who lives at the French House Co-op, about one block away from where the shooting took place, said the incident did not affect her sense of safety.

“It doesn’t make me feel any less safe or anything,” Vichier-Guerre said.

Radio-television-film senior Ivan Ovalle said he was surprised when he received the university email notification about the shooting.

“It sounded like the wild west or something,” Ovalle said. “It’s really bizarre.”  

The shooting occurred at the construction site for the Pointe On Rio, a six-story student housing complex. The contractor, General Contractor Skyline Commercial, Inc. was not available for comment.