Residents of Austin, the capital city of the southern U.S. state of Texas woke-up to shooting incidents which a couple of people were killed and a dozen injured. Local police said on twitter.
A woman in her 30s was shot dead in the Sixth Street entertainment district in downtown Austin, the Austin American-Statesman newspaper reported, citing the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services agency.
The scenes of the shootings were secure, said the police department. In an earlier post, the department said there was an active shooting incident downtown just before 3:00 a.m.(0800 GMT) and warned people to stay away from the area.
“There were just tons of people on Sixth Street and I see all of them jump toward the ground…A lot of people were screaming,” the Austin American-Statesman newspaper quoted an eye-witness as saying.
The shootings follow several major incidents of gun violence in the country over the past several weeks.
On July 27, at least two people were killed and 19 others injured in a shooting incident at a nightclub hosting a teen party in Fort Myers, Florida.
According to the group Mass Shooting Tracker, there have been more than 200 mass shooting incidents in the United States so far this year. The loose gun control laws have been largely blamed for persistently rampant gun violence in the country.