Sixth Street Shootouts
Three shootings roil Downtown this weekend
Austin Police are working to apprehend two suspects in a string of unrelated, nonfatal shootings [ed. note: see below] that occurred Downtown last weekend. APD reported three incidents, each occurring after bars closed, and have made one arrest: 22-year-old Dominic Lopez, who, during an argument with an individual in the LAZ parking lot on Sixth & San Jacinto at 2:11am Saturday morning, shot at the person's feet.
When the victim and crowd around them dispersed, Lopez again fired, and hit someone else in the back. He tried to run but was later found and arrested. Police classify him as a felon with an outstanding warrant, and a documented member of the Crips gang.
The other incidents also occurred in parking spaces. Four minutes after the LAZ incident, a man walking to his car in the St. David's garage on Seventh & Trinity was confronted by five men, who yelled at him and hit him in his face and body. When he escaped and ran, one shot him in the back. And the next morning at 2:26am, a victim got shot through his thumb and thigh in the northeast end of the same LAZ lot after their friends were accosted by another group. Police are still looking for those involved.
Turns out two of these three weren’t completely unrelated. The Statesman reported on Oct. 29 that arrest affidavits filed by Austin Police indicate that 21-year-old Dominic Wayne Salinas was responsible for the two previously unsolved shootings, and was actually involved in another shooting, early on Sunday morning, on East Riverside.