Hit and Run Leaves Multiple Dead at SXSW 2014

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Tonight at SXSW, after seeing St. Vincent perform at Stubb’s BBQ on Red River St., a couple of friends and I went to the House of Vans at Mohawk, also on Red River St., and got in line to see Tyler, The Creator. There were dozens of other people in line, waiting in the street outside of the venue. Inside, punk band X was playing.

What happened next has me feeling sick. A car sped by, a few feet from where we were standing, hitting multiple people at high speed. It kept going and left a trail of bodies behind it. People rushed to the bodies, some motionless, and the next few minutes were chaos until ambulances and police officers showed up to move people away from the scene. Punk music continued to play, people were crying, one man jumped on top of a golf cart and screamed the name of his friend. Everyone was panicked.

I don’t know how to report this. I don’t know how to make it an appropriate news story. I watched a person perform CPR on a girl who was not moving, and I feel nauseous. It’s hard to imagine the rest of this SXSW week not being affected by what happened tonight, especially for those who were there to see it happen.

According to the Austin Police Department, 23 people have been transported, two are confirmed dead, and five are in critical condition. For more updates, check Complex.

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Update: An individual is in custody.

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