Nonprofit says Austin not only city seeing uptick in gun violence

According to Nonprofit, Austin is seeing a surge in gun violence not just in the city

Ed Scruggs, Texas Gun Sense board member, says the increase in gun violence is not just a problem in Austin and is seen across the country.

In less than 24 hours, Austin police responded to two shootings that killed two people.

A Texas nonprofit aiming to curb gun violence says Austin isn’t the only city to see an increase in gun injuries. Many cities across the country are also seeing an increase.

On Monday afternoon, Studio 6 in northwest Austin was cordoned off after a man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a shooting. The police are looking for two suspects who ran off the scene.

Austin police are investigating the suspicious death on Pavilion Boulevard

Austin Police are investigating a suspicious death on the 11900 block of Pavilion Boulevard.

According to police, 40-year-old Christopher Ray Martinez was shot dead by another man late Sunday night in jealous rage. The investigation found that both the suspect and the victim had a romantic interest in the same woman. The suspect is described as a 20-year-old Spanish man.

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“There are more shootings, there are more gun-related injuries and deaths, and that’s what we’ve seen here in Austin especially recently,” said Ed Scruggs, board member of Texas Gun Sense, a statewide non-profit advocating gun safety for years.

According to Scruggs, the increase in gun violence is not just a problem in Austin and is being seen across the country. “There has been a boom, not just in Austin but across the country, especially in major cities, especially in the year of the pandemic.”

The shooting in southeast Austin leaves a man dead, APD searches for a suspect

APD believes this is an isolated incident and that there is no immediate threat to the public. Police say there are currently no suspects in custody for the incident

He says the best ways are to get guns with stronger background controls out of the wrong people’s hands. Texas Gun Sense also wants those who gain approval to purchase a gun to have more information about gun safety. This is especially important as more people have been buying guns lately.

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“We have had a record number of arms sales in the past 18 months, so arms are more available than ever, coupled with economic hardship and the pandemic, and it could be a recipe for what is happening,” Scruggs said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information or videos about the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email [email protected], Crime Stoppers’ tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS) or use Crime Stopper App. You can remain anonymous.

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