AUSTIN, Texas (TNS) — Austin police are looking for 41-year-old Stephen Nicholas Broderick as the tentative suspect in the shooting in northwest Austin that left three people dead Sunday afternoon, April 18.
In a media update Sunday afternoon, Interim Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon said officers responded at 11:42 a.m. to a 911 call coming from an address near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. A reverse 911 call was sent to residents in the area to notify them of the shooting and urging them to shelter in place.
Three people were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims are two women and a man, Chacon said. A child was involved in the incident but was located safe and is now in police custody, he said.
Several law enforcement agencies are working in the area to search for Broderick. Chacon said he is 5 foot, 7 inches and has a medium build. Broderick was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap, Chacon said.
“Obviously this is a tragedy. We have people who have lost their lives here,” Chacon said. “We’ll do our best … to get this person in custody … and hopefully with no more loss of life.”
Chacon said police are no longer classifying the incident as an active shooter situation. Preliminary information is that Broderick knew the victims and that the shooting was targeted.
Chacon said Broderick might have a background in law enforcement.
Records show Broderick, a former Travis County sheriff's office detective, is charged with sexual assault of a child. Broderick was booked into jail in June and spent 16 days behind bars prior to posting bail, which was set at $50,000.
Broderick, a property crimes detective, resigned after his arrest, according to Travis County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kristen Dark.
Court and public records show that Broderick's wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after her husband's arrest.
On Sunday afternoon, Michelle Ross and her partner were sitting in the grass across from their apartment at Arboretum Oaks. They had been there for about three hours after they had tried to get home just after noon, but they said police had turned the couple away on Arboretum Boulevard and denied them access by foot when they parked at the adjacent Arboretum Atrium Building.
They were part of a handful of people who had milled around the scene as authorities gave updates about the shooting.
“It was a little scary,” Ross said of returning home to find such a large law enforcement presence. “We were safe, but our neighbors, were they OK?”
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