Shooter Dressed as Santa Claus Injures Four at Texas Halloween Party

Austin police investigate a shooting that sent three people to the hospital on Avenue F on Oct. 29 2017

Austin police investigate a shooting that sent three people to the hospital on Avenue F on Oct. 29 2017

Austin police say a man dressed as Santa Claus is in custody after shooting at least three people at a Halloween party.

Austin-Travis County EMS said three of the victims were hospitalized.

The gunman knew the victims and had been attending the party, according to police detective Lee Knouse. A fourth person declined treatment at the shooting scene.

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Police said they received a report of a white, male suspect dressed as Santa Claus who had shot a number of victims at a Halloween party at that location.

Police found the suspect at the nearby residence, according to Knouse, where he was arrested "without force or without any further incident".

Knouse described their condition as "fairly serious", but said their injuries are "not thought to be life-threatening".

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"This was not a random act of violence", he said.

The Austin Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety also responded to the call.

No charges have been reported as the investigation is still ongoing.

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