AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Homicide detectives at the Austin Police Department are asking for the public’s help investigating a Saturday night shooting at an Austin protest that left one man dead, according to a statement Thursday.

“This incident is of immense importance to our community and has generated questions that deserve answers,” Austin Police said in a statement.

Austin officials are encouraging anyone with relevant information, including original video footage or images, to come forward.

Officials said detectives have contacted nearby businesses with visible cameras and reviewed their footage, along with video and images provided by witnesses.

Austin police said a suspect has not been identified in the ongoing investigation.

Garrett Foster died after being shot at a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday.

Garrett Foster and his fiancee Whitney Mitchell (credit: GoFundMe)

Police said that according to witnesses, a disturbance began when a vehicle started honking at protesters.

The vehicle stopped as protesters crossed the roadway and Foster, who was holding an AK-47 type assault rifle, approached the driver’s side window.

He was shot from inside the vehicle.

A subject called 911 and stated they had been involved in a shooting and driven away from the scene.

The caller stated they had shot someone who had approached their driver’s window with a rifle.

Officers located and brought the caller to the homicide office to be interviewed and then was released.

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Comments (6)
  1. W Renfro says:

    “an AK-47 type assault rifle” — That means a full-automatic, 600-rounds-per-minute cyclic rate of fire, and such a weapon is practically illegal — extremely tightly-licensed and regulated. You practically have to sign over your first-born female child to own one.

    If that’s what Foster actually had, he was almost certainly breaking the law, BIG TIME.

  2. Alan Hong says:

    A suspect has been identified in the shooting… They called police and turned themselves in. Police are fully aware of their identity and they are the sole suspect in the shooting. The question is… Did they commit a crime by shooting Mr Foster?

    And no W Renfro Texas has open carry laws and American citizens are permitted to carry a rifle in public in a nonthreatening manner.

    1. W Renfro says:

      @Alan Hong — I’m NOT referring to open-carry. The AK-47 (if that in fact is what he had) is switchable to full-automatic. Do you understand that? “Machine guns” are in an utterly-different Federal category from semi-automatic weapons.

  3. sfcmac says:

    Garrett was a thug. He showed up with an AK-47 with the intent to shoot cops and other people he didn’t like. This was not a 2nd Amendment issue. His intentions were violent, not peaceful. He got what he deserved.

    1. Nomen says:

      I don’t think “thug”. The Kalashnikov was scrotal inflation. Watch the movie Bonnie & Clyde, when she strokes his big gun. I wager that Foster really liked that.

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