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'EMS coming to Sixth Street?': First responder audio reveals what unfolded after Austin shooting

More than a dozen people were hurt in the shooting.

AUSTIN, Texas — More than a dozen people are injured and one is dead after a mass shooting broke out in Austin, Texas, early June 12. As of Tuesday, two suspects below the age of 18 are now in custody.

The first 911 call came in at 1:24 a.m. to alert dispatchers about a shooting that had started in the 400 block of E. Sixth St. KVUE got ahold of first responder audio, which gives insight into the chaotic scene that unfolded in Downtown Austin.

LISTEN: Raw dispatch audio from mass shooting in Austin

Here's a transcript of what first responders were saying to each other as emergency crews made their way to the scene:

EMS coming to Sixth Street? We have two people down. Gunshot wound. One to the abdomen. One to the leg.
Dispatch, make that a third one. One to the hip.
We have three patients. Two tourniquets applied.
Dispatch, upgrade that to seven gunshot wounds. One CPR in progress. 

We're going to bring the call to active attack. Standby.

We've got another victim at Fifth and Trinity with a gunshot wound to the ankle.
We have seven patients. Gunshot wounds. One CPR in progress. We are in front of 406 E. Sixth St.

All units responding to the gunshot wound, we are upgrading this to an active attack!

APD has the scene secured. 

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If you want to bring us a patient, or we can wheel the gurney in? If we can get a gurney, that would be better ... we have one critical, we have a gunshot wound. (something about breathing) CPR has begun. 

Medic 17, hold up! I'm bringing you someone. I'm popping him in the back right now. He's stable, he's just got a gunshot wound to the ankle. 

We're going to take as many as we can, so if you have one more you can fit in there, before we start transporting.

We need an ambulance up here. We're about to load them into a cop car otherwise.

At this time, APD is transporting all the patients that are of – moving them to Sixth and Neches to transport them.

At this time we believe all patients are being transported by APD officers.

Be advised we have one 22-year-old male going to Dell Seton with a gunshot wound to the ankle.

Will you go to Eighth and Neches? We have reports of possible patients there – our command is gonna be Sixth and Neches.

[Roughly 17 minutes after first responders first got to the scene]: We're reporting zero more patients.

Tower cameras from KVUE show how many officers and first responders got to the busy entertainment district moments after the shooting.

ATCEMS also outlined its timeline for its response to the shooting in this Facebook post:

  • 01:25 - Begin receiving 911 calls
  • 01:25 - Two ambulances assigned
  • 01:26 - District commander and third ambulance assigned
  • 01:27 - Second district commander assigned
  • 01:28 - Designated medical officer assigned
  • 01:31 - Incident changed to Active Attack for ATCEMS
  • 01:32 - Fourth and fifth ambulances, three additional commanders, and three additional response resources
  • 01:33 - Medic 17 on scene
  • 01:35 - Medic 33 on scene
  • 01:36 - Medic 4, Designated Medical Officer, and District 5 on scene
  • 01:37 - Medic 4 transporting two critical patients
  • 01:37 - Medic 17 transporting one patient
  • 01:37 - District 4 on scene
  • 01:40 - Sixth ambulance assigned
  • 01:43 - Medic 5 on scene
  • 01:44 - All patients off the scene per EMS, APD, AFD 
  • 01:44 - District 6 on scene
  • 01:45 - District 1 on scene 
  • 01:49 - District 3 on scene
  • 01:51 - Medic 1 on scene
  • 01:54 - Seventh ambulance assigned
  • 01:58 - Medic 1 transporting one patient (located much later)
  • 02:00 - Medic 30 on scene

What is an Active Attack Incident? An active attack incident is defined as an individual(s) who is actively engaged in...

Posted by Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services on Saturday, June 12, 2021

On Sunday, KVUE's Tony Plohetski confirmed one of the people shot had died. The victim was a man vacationing to Austin from New York, Plohetski confirmed. Police identified the victim Sunday as 25-year-old Douglas John Kantor. KVUE spoke with Kantor's brother about their family's loss. You can see the family's statement here.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the shooting or what happened before the shooting is asked to call 911 or the police tip line at 512-472-TIPS. 


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