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Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police have released the name of the man they say drove through a pedestrian area at the South by Southwest festival and killed two people.

Police said in a statement Thursday afternoon that they intend to charge Rashad Charjuan Owens with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

The statement said formal charges were still pending.

Officers said Owens fled when they tried to stop him for drunken driving. He then allegedly burst through a barricade, hit numerous bystanders and killed a man riding a bicycle and a woman who was on a moped.

Owens is 21 years old. The statement did not provide a city of residence.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The festival issued a statement that expressed condolences for the victims and said some events would be relocated because of the incident.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said employee Steven Craenmehr, 35, died suddenly in Austin. No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

The names of the woman who died and those who were injured were not released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, singer-songwriter Kurt Vile was playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The festival issued a statement that expressed condolences for the victims and said some events would be relocated because of the incident.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said employee Steven Craenmehr, 35, died suddenly in Austin. No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

The names of the woman who died and those who were injured were not released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, singer-songwriter Kurt Vile was playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The festival issued a statement that expressed condolences for the victims and said some events would be relocated because of the incident.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said employee Steven Craenmehr, 35, died suddenly in Austin. No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

The names of the woman who died and those who were injured were not released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, singer-songwriter Kurt Vile was playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The festival issued a statement that expressed condolences for the victims and said some events would be relocated because of the incident.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said employee Steven Craenmehr, 35, died suddenly in Austin. No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

The names of the woman who died and those who were injured were not released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, singer-songwriter Kurt Vile was playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dutch music company has identified one of the victims of a suspected drunken driver that barreled through barricades at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of two people killed early Thursday was a Dutch citizen riding a bicycle.

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said one of their employees died suddenly in Austin and identified him as 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr (KRAN-mare). No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

Police say the driver also struck a moped, killing the woman on it. A man on the moped and 22 pedestrians were injured.

The driver was expected to be charged later Thursday, when his name would be released.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

No names of those killed or injured have been released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, Kurt Vile and the Violators were playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning. Festival spokeswoman Kelly Krause said there would be schedule and venue changes.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dutch music company has identified one of the victims of a suspected drunken driver that barreled through barricades at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of two people killed early Thursday was a Dutch citizen riding a bicycle.

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said one of their employees died suddenly in Austin and identified him as 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr (KRAN-mare). No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

Police say the driver also struck a moped, killing the woman on it. A man on the moped and 22 pedestrians were injured.

The driver was expected to be charged later Thursday, when his name would be released.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

No names of those killed or injured have been released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, Kurt Vile and the Violators were playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning. Festival spokeswoman Kelly Krause said there would be schedule and venue changes.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

No names of those killed or injured have been released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, Kurt Vile and the Violators were playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning. Festival spokeswoman Kelly Krause said there would be schedule and venue changes.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional.

The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on a block filled with concertgoers, continued down the street and hit and killed a man from the Netherlands on a bicycle and a woman from Austin on a moped, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday. The driver eventually crashed and tried to run away, but he was shocked by a stun gun and taken into custody.

“… When somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” Acevedo said Thursday.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic. Multiple acts performed at two side-by-side nightclubs on the street as part of the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

Hours later, a pool of blood was still in the crosswalk with a trail leading to the sidewalk, bits of broken taillight mingled in and a medical glove nearby. People were already starting to filter in for the day’s events and bands had started to play by early Thursday afternoon, and city buses took their normal route past the blood.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

No names of those killed or injured have been released.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district. It’d had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

Austin resident Kirk Visser, 47, lives across the street from The Mohawk nightclub, where the bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up when the crash happened and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

Visser was watching TV when he heard the crash, and said he thought the nightclub’s outdoor balcony had collapsed, so he stepped outside on his second-floor balcony.

“As soon as I stepped out, I knew I had heard metal on a body,” he said. “There were people everywhere running and screaming.”

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Next door to The Mohawk, Kurt Vile and the Violators were playing the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Ted Evans, a 29-year-old from New York City, said he heard what he thought was a gunshot. He made it out to the street a half-hour later.

“There was blood on the ground. I saw some people who had blood on their hands, and police were just trying to keep everyone calm,” said Evans, who’s working at the festival. He said the shows at both clubs were canceled within minutes of the incident.

The driver continued down Red River and hit a bicyclist, two people on a moped and a taxi at 11th Street before striking a van and trying to run away, Acevedo said. The second person on the moped was in good condition, he said.

Acevedo said authorities are still investigating, and asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

The festival will continue, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning. Festival spokeswoman Kelly Krause said there would be schedule and venue changes.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” Swenson said.

One bouquet of flowers sat by a telephone pole in front of The Mohawk. Daytime concerts there and next door had been canceled, though festivalgoers were still showing up expecting to see bands.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver fleeing police crashed through barricades at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, slamming into a crowd outside a nightclub and killing a man on a bicycle and a woman on a moped early Thursday, police said.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference that the motorist drove down a crowded street and ran into people in front of a nightclub around 12:30 a.m., injuring 23 people. He eventually crashed and tried to make a getaway on foot, but a police officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody, Acevedo said.

The victims were a woman from Austin and a man from the Netherlands, Acevedo said. A man who was on the moped is in good condition, he said. No names have been released.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

The annual music, film and interactive conference draws tens of thousands to Austin each year, and the toll could have been much higher. The street had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

“We had a large crowd,” Acevedo said early Thursday morning. “I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse.”

Austin police shut off traffic to about a square mile of downtown for five days during the festival, turning normally busy roads into a large pedestrian mall to help festivalgoers reach dozens of music venues.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district near The Mohawk nightclub, where multiple acts were to perform Wednesday night. The bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up, and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

An officer had to jump out of the way of the driver, Acevedo said at Thursday’s news conference.

“We will review our procedures always, we always look at that. But understand something, when somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” he said.

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Overlooking the street, 28-year-old Ally Hulton from Los Angeles, was on a balcony of her friend’s apartment when she saw the car driving “at full speed” before hitting someone.

“About 10 bodies went flying,” Hulton told the newspaper.

The festival will continue because of the thousands of visitors in town, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning. A spokeswoman for the festival said there would be schedule and venue changes.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” he said.

A crime scene unit was still investigating the crash, and Acevedo said earlier Thursday there were no plans to change safety protocols at the festival due to the accident.

“We do these events very well, but you cannot stop a person who rather than face drunk driving charges decides to speed at a high rate of speed, go around a uniformed officer forcing him to run out of the way, then at a high rate of speed show total disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.

Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver fleeing police crashed through barricades at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, slamming into a crowd outside a nightclub and killing a man on a bicycle and a woman on a moped early Thursday, police said.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference that the motorist drove down a crowded street and ran into people in front of a nightclub around 12:30 a.m., injuring 23 people. He eventually crashed and tried to make a getaway on foot, but a police officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody, Acevedo said.

The victims were a woman from Austin and a man from the Netherlands, Acevedo said. A man who was on the moped is in good condition, he said. No names have been released.

The driver, whose name also has not been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Acevedo said it was an “intentional act,” and that the suspect has been booked and formal charges will be filed this afternoon.

Two people were in critical condition Thursday morning with life-threatening head injuries and three patients remain in serious condition, said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, the emergency department director at the University Medical Center-Brackenridge said. He also said the driver was treated for minor injuries.

“The most critical patients I have a great deal of concern for,” Ziebell said. “We are going to do our best for them, but these are some of the worst injuries that we see and not everybody with these kinds of injuries is going to survive.”

The annual music, film and interactive conference draws tens of thousands to Austin each year, and the toll could have been much higher. The street had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

“We had a large crowd,” Acevedo said early Thursday morning. “I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse.”

Austin police shut off traffic to about a square mile of downtown for five days during the festival, turning normally busy roads into a large pedestrian mall to help festivalgoers reach dozens of music venues.

Police said the incident started when an officer on a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop the silver Toyota sedan at a gas station a few blocks away. The car took off, weaving between parked cars then driving at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street.

The driver rammed through police barriers – three wooden pieces held up by metal poles – set up on Red River Street on the northeast edge of the entertainment district near The Mohawk nightclub, where multiple acts were to perform Wednesday night. The bands X and TEEN had just wrapped up, and rapper Tyler the Creator was scheduled to perform at 1 a.m.

An officer had to jump out of the way of the driver, Acevedo said at Thursday’s news conference.

“We will review our procedures always, we always look at that. But understand something, when somebody acts intentionally, it’s very difficult to stop. You have a car here. You have a police officer that was forced to jump out of the way,” he said.

Scott Jakota, a musician from Indiana in town to play SXSW, told the Austin American-Statesman he was one of the first people hit outside The Mohawk. He said the driver “gunned” the car.

“I was thrown up in the sky,” Jakota said.

Overlooking the street, 28-year-old Ally Hulton from Los Angeles, was on a balcony of her friend’s apartment when she saw the car driving “at full speed” before hitting someone.

“About 10 bodies went flying,” Hulton told the newspaper.

The festival will continue because of the thousands of visitors in town, SXSW managing director Roland Swenson said Thursday morning. A spokeswoman for the festival said there would be schedule and venue changes.

“It would cause more problems for people to show up and be turned away than to carry on,” he said.

A crime scene unit was still investigating the crash, and Acevedo said earlier Thursday there were no plans to change safety protocols at the festival due to the accident.

“We do these events very well, but you cannot stop a person who rather than face drunk driving charges decides to speed at a high rate of speed, go around a uniformed officer forcing him to run out of the way, then at a high rate of speed show total disregard for the sanctity of human life,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo asked witnesses and those who may have taken video to contact police rather than post it on the Internet.

Associated Press writers Chris Tomlinson in Austin and Andale Gross in Chicago contributed to this report.