AUSTIN - An active shooter in the Texas capital of Austin has left "multiple victims" and at least one dead, police and media reports said early on Sunday (July 31).

“Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown,” Austin police said in a message on Twitter.

Police later tweeted that there were "separate shootings within the same area. Both scenes are secure at this time. PIO responding to identify staging area."

It was not immediately clear how many shooters were involved or how many people were shot.

Local television station KXAN, citing paramedics, reported that people with gunshot wounds were "spread across the area" and at least one person had been killed.
Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown. Media: Dont call for updates at this time, more to follow. PIO6
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) July 31, 2016
It cited Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as saying multiple units were responding to the area of 208 East 6th St.
#ATCEMSMedics advise to AVOID the downtown area of 6th street, Multiple incidents occurring including multiple pt's w/GSW's. MTF
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) July 31, 2016
One woman in her 30s was pronounced dead at the scene and three others have been taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.
Gunshots on #6thstreet #Austin super close to me 😓 @MSNBC @KVUE @KXAN_News pic.twitter.com/3t9LKECqkV
— Sam Vedamanikam (@RalphGreNader) July 31, 2016
@DavidHerreraTV @Univision62 @Austin_Police pic.twitter.com/whbFaNVicY
— Dorian Santiago (@doritosr) July 31, 2016
@AnnWyattonFOX7 @Austin_Police @ATCEMS @fox7austin pic.twitter.com/KMDSDxdB33
— Dorian Santiago (@doritosr) July 31, 2016
Americans are on edge following a string of high-profile shooting incidents in recent weeks, including the murder of 49 people in a gay pub by an extremist in June, and the killing of five police officers in Dallas by a sniper during a march against police brutality earlier in July.

This story is developing.

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