At least 13 people were injured when gunfire erupted early on Saturday morning along Sixth Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants..
No fatalities have been reported so far, but two patients are in critical condition, Chacon said.
Eleven of the injured people were taken to one local hospital, another person was taken to a different hospital, and the other person went to an urgent care facility with gunshot wounds, Chacon said.
Authorities confirmed to Plohetski that investigators were working just after noon Saturday to confirm the identities of the two suspects and arrest them. Several outlets described the post-shooting scene as "chaotic", with medical first responders taking four of the victims to the hospital while police and private vehicles transported the other nine. "So there is a total of 13 shooting victims".
"They were able to immediately begin life saving measures for many of these patients", he added. At the time, the street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic, Chacon said.
At this time, no one has died, the interim police chief said.
Police said they had received a description of a suspect, a Black male, but that it was still unclear whether one or multiple suspects were involved. Two of the victims are in critical condition, and police say that the "suspect (s) remains at-large". Although the shooting happened during ROT Rally, the interim chief said the incident was not related.
A wider epidemic of deadly shootings is now gripping American cities, with a New York City man fatally shot in the head Friday morning.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement, "The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country ..."
"One thing is clear - greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety".
In the early hours of 1 January 2020, two people were shot in a bar on the same street, a man and woman, who were seriously injured, at Terminal 6.
Councilmember Ann Kitchen also said, "there's no place for guns on our streets, as we reopen our city".