Security concerns after 3 gunshots at Texas mall

AUSTIN (KXAN) — People who live and work near the Northwend Mall on North Lamar Boulevard said they were worried about going to work on Monday after three people were shot in the early morning hours.

“I didn’t come to work today,” Farah Lynch said. “What are we going to do for public safety? »

According to the latest police update, two groups of people began shooting at each other as the Rodeo Night Club closed. According to the police, two men and a woman went to the hospital.

“We need to focus on the upstream measures,” said Monica Guzmán, who is part of the city’s public safety reinvention task force. “The root cause. Why aren’t people being protected? Why are people shooting each other? Anyway, focus on that.

A few blocks from where Monday’s shooting happened, police are still investigating after a Leander police officer shot and killed a man at an extended-stay hotel. The previous week, several locations in the Rundberg area were part of a series of armed robberies that ended in a shooting near the estate.

KXAN researched Austin Police Department crime data for the region and found a steady increase from 2018 to 2021.

Guzmán says it’s not just happening in the Rundberg neighborhood.

“Yes, we have problems. But we’re not the only community in town having trouble,” she said, referring to crime on Sixth Street and East Riverside Drive.

Crime data observed by KXAN showed that crime in the Rundberg area was lowest overall between 2012 and 2016. 2016 was the year federal funding for Restore Rundberg ran out, a security program aimed at reduce crime in the region.

In 2013, the project, alongside ODA, received a three-year, $1 million Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant from the Department of Justice. When federal funding ran out, Guzmán said she and other community members tried to keep the program growing, but had to stop in 2019.

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