Texas, United States: 3 killed in ‘domestic’ shooting in Austin; manhunt underway

Three people were killed at the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

The shooting appears to be “a domestic situation that is isolated,” a tweet from Austin police said.

Police identified the suspect, still at large, as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41.

It is unknown if Broderick fled on foot or in a vehicle, and authorities are concerned that he could be hiding or take a hostage, according to Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon.

“Obviously this is a tragedy. We have people who have lost their lives out here,” Chacon said. “The danger still remains high at this point.”

Broderick is a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective who was charged with the sexual assault of a child, Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristen Dark said.

Dark said Broderick resigned from the department last year after he was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child. He was arrested June 20 and released on bond the same month.

Austin police, fire and EMS responded to the city’s Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway area around 18 minutes before noon on Sunday, where they found three people suffering gunshot wounds, according to officials.

The shooting was targeted and the three victims knew Broderick, according to Chacon.

The suspect’s motive is currently unknown.