Austin teenager shot 3 times before running through neighborhood searching for help
A teenager was critically injured in an overnight shooting in Northeast Austin. The aggravated assault stunned residents who can’t believe a teen could be shot several times while sitting in a car in the Harris Branch Neighborhood Park. Just before midnight Monday night shots rang out in the family-friendly neighborhood.
“It was just crazy. It was a crazy night,” said Yvonda Jeffries who has lived in Harris Branch for almost three years.
Jeffries woke up to the sound of someone pounding on her front door.
“So, I came down to see what was going on and by the time I got here he was gone and he ran across the street hollering and screaming. He was saying please help me, help me, I've been shot. I've been shot. I've been shot. They set me up,” said Jeffries.
Jeffries says the teenage boy left a bloody hand print on her front porch before he ran to her neighbor's house. There are more splatters of blood leading to her friend's door which is where the 16-year-old could finally stop a frantic search for help.
“He was shot in the mouth, he was holding his mouth like this,” said Jeffries as she held her hand to the side of her face. “He was shot in the shoulder and he was shot right here,” she said as she pointed to her side.
Jeffries says police swarmed the neighborhood, blocking off Barns Trail and Saint Merryn Road in Northeast Austin most of the night. She did her own investigating and says she found a shot-up car at the Harris Branch Neighborhood Park. She says it had to be adrenaline that kept the teen going as he ran from the crime scene and left a trail of blood for two blocks. Even when her nearby neighbor opened her door to the teen and called EMS, Jeffries says the 16-year-old stayed on his feet.
“He was walking around, walking around in circles and talking about I've been shot and they set me up, they set me up,” said Jeffries. “I'm very shocked. It's something that just don't happen. I know it happens, but not here."
EMS says the teenager suffered critical injuries. On Tuesday afternoon, a picture of the teen sent to one of Jeffries’ friends indicated he might be starting to recover.
CBS Austin talked with APD Tuesday afternoon and a spokesperson says no arrests have been made and there are no other updates in the ongoing investigation.