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Downtown Austin Shooting Suspect Arrested

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 08:49 PM CST

Police have arrested a suspect in a weekend shooting in Downtown Austin's entertainment district that left two people injured.

It happened Sunday at around 2:20 a.m. near the intersection of 6th and Red River streets.

Police say 19-year-old Paul Whitley started shooting after an argument over a cell phone. A man and a woman were hit but their injuries are considered non-life threatening.

Police are now thanking witnesses for getting this man behind bars.

"Individuals gave great descriptions of the suspect that ran, which direction he ran," says Austin police detective Jarrett Crippen.

Extra officers were in the area due to the Operation Safe Passage initiative to get people home safe.

Although witnesses helped police with this arrest they still encourage you to leave when a situation is escalating. Don't try to get video or pictures. For your own safety leave the area.

Whitley is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

(Photo from the Austin Police Department.)

Downtown Austin Shooting Suspect Arrested


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