Shots fired in the air at the South by Southwest festival in Texas

Fans run for cover at Austin festival


Shots were fired early Sunday on a downtown Austin, Texas, street crowded with people celebrating at the South by Southwest music and technology festival, police said.

Austin Police said several shots were fired into the air around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and witnesses said the gunfire caused the crowd to run in panic.

Police said one person was taken into custody and the gun was recovered, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

There were no reports of injuries, the paper reported.

“Just witnessed shots fired at SXSW causing crowd of people to run in panic,” a local TV reporter tweeted early Sunday.

Saturday was the last night of SXSW 2016.

The City of Austin sent out a tweet early Sunday warning of shots fired near the intersection of Sixth Street and Trinity that was closed to traffic and extremely crowded, the paper reported.