One woman is dead and three others have been taken to hospital after a shooting in the centre of Austin, Texas, and police are hunting for a suspect.
Austin Police chief of staff Brian Manley said officers received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly after 2am local time. Police arrived to find a chaotic scene and five people shot.
Manley said one woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and three others, all female, were taken to University Medical Centre Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. He said another victim declined to be taken to hospital.
Manley said a suspect began firing into the crowd after an initial disturbance.
He said officials are trying to determine who the suspects are and he did not rule out that a suspect might be one of the people taken to hospital.
Manley added: "It was a very chaotic scene. A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots coming out."
Police originally reported an active shooter scene in the area, but Manley said two separate incidents caused the confusion.
He said there was another confrontation in a nearby parking garage and a shot was fired there. A man was taken to hospital after that confrontation.
Update: separate shootings within the same area. Both scenes are secure at this time. PIO responding to identify staging area.
-- Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) July 31, 2016
"We have multiple individuals, witnesses, that we are currently interviewing," Manley said. "We had one individual who was initially noted as a person of interest, however that person's status at this point is undetermined."
He added that because of the large crowd, police were getting descriptions of a suspect from witnesses. He said the descriptions were consistent, to an extent, but not all the same.