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Austin police identify victims in Arboretum shooting, say attack was random

A broken window is covered in plywood at Teapioca at The Arboretum on Friday September 1, 2023, where a fatal shooting happened on Thursday.

Authorities believe a woman who died and a second who was critically injured in a shooting in the Arboretum in Northwest Austin were victims of a random attack by a gunman who then fatally shot himself, police said Friday evening.

Austin police are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting in the Teapioca Lounge at the outdoor shopping mall, which initially led to 911 calls of an active shooting and prompted a large emergency response shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. Two other people were evaluated for minor injuries.

Police identified the victim who died as 64-year-old Laura Jauregui but did not name the injured woman. The gunman was identified as 38-year-old Tang-Kang Dave Chiang.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, police said.

Authorities have built their investigation largely using witness statements and security video and have also asked that anyone in the area with pictures or video provide them to police immediately.

According to a police statement, officers who responded to the shooting at 5:09 p.m. found Chiang, Jauregui and another woman on the floor of the business.

Police said there had been calls about a possible explosion but officers did not find any explosive devices.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Austin shooting: Police ID victims, say attack was random