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Downtown Austin shooting: Relatives ID woman shot dead early Sunday

Teqnika Moultrie (Left)

Relatives have identified the woman who was fatally shot early Sunday on Sixth Street as 30-year-old Teqnika Moultrie.

Austin police have not confirmed her identity or of the four other women who were injured after a man opened fire at a crowd on Sixth and Brazos streets just after 2 a.m. The shooter is still at large.

Ricky Moultrie of Las Vegas, Teqnika Moultrie’s brother, told the American-Statesman her sister lived in the Bay Area and had traveled to Austin to visit her fiancée’s family. According to the siblings’ grandparents, Teqnika Moultrie had spent Saturday rafting and went out that night to see the city. She was with her fiancée downtown when she was shot, Ricky Moultrie said.

Teqnika Moultrie was a tomboy growing up and an avid athlete, according to her brother. She worked as a school bus driver and loved kids.

“She loved life, period,” Ricky Moultrie said. “After our mother passed away, she filled those footsteps. She was the glue to our family.”

Ricky Moultrie said he did not know anything about Endicott McCray, the person of interest police are searching for in connection to the shooting.

Police say Endicott McCray is a person of interest in the downtown shooting early Sunday.

Police say Endicott McCray is a person of interest in the downtown shooting early Sunday.

Downtown Austin shooting: Relatives ID woman shot, killed early Sunday photo

Teqnika Moultrie, 30, and her brother Ricky Moultrie, who has identified her as the woman who died in a fatal shooting on Sixth Street July 31, 2016.

Downtown Austin shootings, 07.31.16

Downtown Austin shootings, 07.31.16

“They just wouldn’t be around that type of crowd, people that would commit a murder,” Ricky Moultrie said.

McCray is considered to be armed, according to police. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide tipline at 512-477-3588.

2:00 p.m. update: Police are searching for 24-year-old Endicott McCray in connection to the fatal shooting that left one dead and four injured early Sunday on Sixth Street.

Police identified McCray as a “person of interest” and warned he may be armed. He is a black male approximately five-foot-nine tall and weighs about 130 pounds, police said. McCray has a goatee and wears his hair in dreadlocks. Police could not release a definitive description of what he was wearing.

According to public records, McCray has multiple burglary convictions and served time in jail. He was recently arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in June and released without bail, according to Hays County court records.

Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide tipline at 512-477-3588.

Identities of the victims are not being released at this time, police said.

9:00 a.m. update: Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo offered condolences Sunday morning to the families and friends of the woman killed and four others injured in an overnight shooting on Sixth Street.

“On behalf of the Austin Police Department, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young woman who lost her life to this senseless act of violence and wishes for a speedy recovery to the individuals wounded,” Acevedo said in a statement.

Police are still searching for the shooter, who opened fire into a crowd on Sixth and Brazos streets just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

“The men and women of the Austin Police Department will work (tirelessly) to identify and apprehend the person responsible,” Acevedo said.

Police could not say Sunday morning if the shooter and victims knew one another. The investigation is ongoing.

Early Sunday, the area around Sixth and Brazos streets was still shut down as police processed the scene.

Just blocks away and moments after the first shooting incident, police responded to an aggravated assault with shots fired at a parking garage on Trinity Street. One person was injured and detained.

The back-to-back incidents led police to issue an “active shooter” warning early Sunday morning. They later clarified that the two incidents were unrelated.

In his statement, Acevedo called Austin one of the “safest cities” in the nation.

“The community we serve partners with APD to stand up for our neighbors and friends and to bring those that would do us harm to justice,” he said.

Anyone with information about the Sixth Street shooting is asked to call the homicide tipline at 512-477-3588. Those with video of the incident or its aftermath can email police3@austintexas.gov.



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