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    APD searching for gunman in deadly NE Austin shooting

    Wednesday, May 8 2013 12:19 PM EDT2013-05-08 16:19:19 GMT
    Austin police are searching for the suspect in a shooting Tuesday night at a northeast Austin apartment complex that left one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries.
    Austin police are searching for the suspect in a shooting Tuesday night at a northeast Austin apartment complex that left one person dead and another with life-threatening injuries.

A little after 9:00 on Tuesday night at Cameron Greens Apartments on Cameron Road, Austin Police found 19-year-old Reynaldo Ortega with multiple gunshot wounds. He died shortly after help arrived.

"Our homicide detectives have been able to determine that Mr. Ortega was in the parking lot at about 9:15 PM when he was approached by a black male. A disturbance ensued and during that disturbance Mr. Ortega was shot multiple times," said Lt. Michael Eveleth with Austin Police.

Then, another man was found shot on the other side of the complex.

He was taken to UMC Brackenridge where police say he's in stable condition.

Austin Police say they're looking at these incidents as completely separate shootings by the same shooter.

He's described as a black male 18 to 20 years old wearing dark pants and a dark hoodie.

Police think his intention was to rob the people he ended up shooting.

Eveleth says robberies have been on a downward trend.

"In that area, they're down 41%. And citywide, they're down 27%. So this really caught us off guard because we're not seeing robberies out there," Eveleth said.

Police say if you find yourself in this situation, just give up your stuff.

"We don't know what ensued. But if somebody's out there and they're committing robberies, it's not worth it. It may be that this guy would have done this anyway but if you are confronted with something like this, your best option is to be a good witness for us and survive," Eveleth said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES. You may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest or charges being filed.

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