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Exclusive: Victim of downtown shooting speaks out

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Newly released cell phone video shows the panic and chaos that erupts after a gunman opens fire in downtown Austin. Just moments before shots rang out on West 5th Street last Friday, a witness started recording on his cellphone.

Two people were injured in that shooting. One of the victims is speaking only to FOX 7.

It's a situation no one wants to be in when hanging out in Austin's party district.

A fight that started inside one of the bars, spilled out onto the streets and almost turned deadly. It was all captured by cell phone.

On the video, you can see a group of people leaving a club off West 5th Street. The tension is building, and then gunshots.

Officers say the man they are looking for fired anywhere from 5 to 12 shots into the crowd. Three bullets struck Don Walker Jr. It was the last thing he thought would happen on his birthday.

"I see him trying to point at me, so I'm trying to move around. On the last shot I jump because I see him point at my feet," said Walker.

Walker was also hit on his side and arm. Shortly after he passed out and woke up in the hospital.

A moment he says is a miracle.

"It's sad because it's the young, it's the young group of people that are growing up that are reckless and they don't care. It's bad. The cops downtown, they are so worried about the smallest things but it's real stuff that is going on down there that they don't see," said Walker.

Walker says he had nothing to do with the argument and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

His best friend Ivory Mays was there when the shooting started.

"A fight broke out behind us and we looked forward, this guy with a gun started shooting pow, pow, pow, pow. Everybody started running and panicking. I thought Walker was by my side. I looked up and he wasn't, he was right there on the ground so I hurried up and ran to him and caught him," Mays said.

They tell us fights aren't the same as they once were. As a bouncer downtown, Mays says he's seen the violence get worse over the years.

"I've been hurt and I've been stabbed before and that was scary right there. Shooting and knives, that's different. Shooting can kill you instantly," Mays said.

Throughout the entire incident, Walker had one thing on his mind, his family. He says that's what's keeping him strong.

"I just hope they catch this dude. It's going to be one less dude off the streets. People have little one's or loved one's they gotta go home to," Walker said.

Police have not yet released a description of the suspect. If you have any information you're asked to call APD.

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