Man charged for NYE murder outside UMC Brackenridge

Man charged for NYE murder outside UMC Brackenridge

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Austin Police have charged Jesus Rodriguez, Jr. with first degree murder for the fatal shooting outside UMC Brackenridge on New Year's Eve.

Police received the call about ten minutes before midnight. Officials say Rodriguez fired two shots at a middle-aged black man using a handgun.

"The subject was taken into the hospital and treated for his injuries and unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries," said APD Officer Traver Stefan at the scene.

Moments after the shooting two unarmed security guards walking the perimeter during a routine check walked up on the disturbance. Stan Knee is the director of security for Seton Hospitals. Knee arrived at the hospital about twenty minutes after the shooting. The hospital says seven security professionals were at the hospital

Three of the seven were APD officers and the remaining were security guards.

"They observed a disturbance and moved toward it. When the shots were fired they continued to maintain observation, yelling at him to stop as APD joined them. I think they showed tremendous courage doing their duty," said Knee during a press conference at the hospital.

UMC Brackenridge has lockdown procedures in place but Knee says they weren't needed Tuesday night.

"In this case the incident occurred within a minute and the suspect was in custody so the hospital did not use that process. We would if the suspect was still in the area and a danger to others," said Knee.

The relationship between Rodriguez and the victim is unknown and part of the investigation.

This homicide was the 24th for Austin in 2013.

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