Three people were killed in an “active attack” in northwest Austin on Sunday morning
AUSTIN, Texas – Authorities captured Stephen Broderick, 41, early Monday near Manor after receiving a 911 call about a man walking along US 290. He was taken into custody without incident, reports our sister station KVUE.
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Three people were killed in an “active attack” in northwest Austin on Sunday morning, officials confirmed. The suspect remains at large, although police believe this is an isolated domestic situation and poses no risk to the general public.
Austin Police Department interim chief Joe Chacon said an 911 call came in at 11:42 am on April 18 for a “shot / stab hotshot,” the highest priority call on the Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. The first officer was there at 11:46 a.m. At the same time, a “reverse 911 activation” was sent to residents to let them know that they were seeking refuge on the spot because there had been a shooting. The shelter-in-place order was canceled on April 18 at 4:45 p.m.
KVUE’s Tony Plohetski confirmed the shooting involved an apartment complex in the area. Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted that the location of the shooting was the Arboretum Oaks Apartments on 9617 Great Hills Trail.
When the officers arrived, Chacon said they had located three injured. Austin-Travis County EMS said people sustained gunshot wounds and medics performed CPR, but all three died shortly afterwards.
Chacon said the victims are two adult women and one adult man, but their identities are not yet known. Initial reports said that a child was also involved in the incident in some way, but the child has been found and is safe.
On Monday morning, Elgin ISD identified two of the victims as current and former students in the following statement:
“We are heartbroken to hear of this pointless tragedy and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of Willie Simmons III and Alyssa Broderick. Although Alyssa retired from Elgin ISD in the fall, she was an Elgin ISD student from 2009 to October 2020. She was an excellent student and athlete, enrolled in our Early College High School program and played on our girls’ basketball team. Willie was a senior at Elgin High School. He was an exceptional young man and a leader among his peers. Both academically and athletically he represented the best of Elgin ISD. He was the captain of our soccer team, a friend of all he met, and was most recently enlisted to play soccer for the University of North Texas. The Elgin ISD community mourns The Loss of these two young, promising souls. In response to this tragedy, the district will have advisors and trained professionals to help available in person and / or virtually to help students, staff and families with this time of grief. “
The alleged gunman, who is still at large, has been tentatively identified as 41-year-old Stephen Nicholas Broderick. In a press conference on April 18 at 4:45 pm, Chacon said the search had turned into a “cursory search”. He is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and was last seen in a gray hoodie, sunglasses, and baseball cap. Broderick is pictured below:
Chacon confirmed in a press conference on April 18 at 4:45 p.m. that Broderick was a former deputy of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. TCSO confirmed to KVUE that Broderick resigned in 2020.
Records show that Broderick has a pending crime of sexually assaulting a child. He was booked in jail last June and released 16 days later after bail, KVUE partners with the Austin American-Statesman said. The Travis County Attorney’s Office announced on April 18 that they had filed a motion to revoke the loan.
Chacon said the police did not know which direction Broderick was going and they did not know if he escaped in a vehicle or on foot. The authorities also do not know what type of weapon was used or what type of Broderick may still be in his possession.
Many police officers are on site looking for him, both on the ground and in helicopters.
Chacon said there were concerns that Broderick might take a hostage and seek refuge himself while awaiting law enforcement departure. Chacon stressed that the danger of the situation is still high, however it is believed that Broderick knew the victims and targeted them.
The scene remains active after 8 p.m., although it is no longer considered an “Active Shooter” scene.
ATCEMS announced around 1:30 p.m. that all 911 calls for a medical response in close proximity would be handled by a doctor on an alternative response model other than an ambulance and there may be delays.
KVUE in Austin contributed to this report