AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police is murder investigation Thursday morning after they said they found a man’s body near Barton Springs Pool.
At a news conference, Senior Patrol Officer Demitri Hobbs told reporters that police initially responded at 7:15 a.m. to a call about a suspicious vehicle on the 2200 block of Barton Springs Rd. The caller reported shots fired through a car window. When police got there, Hobbs said they found a trail of blood near the sedan and then saw the body of a man in the pool area.
Hobbs would not specify how the man died, as it is too early in the investigation. However, Austin-Travis County EMS said paramedics came to the area for a gunshot wound. They arrived on the scene and pronounced one person dead, ATCEMS said.
Police say they have no suspects at this time. They added that they believe this is an isolated incident.
As homicide detectives remain on the scene, an Austin Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson shared the Zilker Park Playground and the parking lot next to Barton Springs Pool remains closed at this time. It is unclear when they will be allowed to reopen to the public. The pool will be closed on Thursday for regular cleaning and maintenance, the department reports.
Wednesday morning, another murder occurred in another popular Austin park, Auditorium Shores. Police said a middle-aged man has died and one person has been arrested in the case.
A passerby called just before 7 a.m. to report the death in Auditorium Shores after finding an unresponsive man in the park.
Hobbs responded Thursday to a question about whether police would increase patrols in parks over two homicides taking place a day in a row in two popular tourist areas. He said he was not sure if additional patrols are planned, noting that the Austin Police Department has disbanded its parks patrol unit due to ongoing staff shortages.
“The chief may call for more patrols in the park,” Hobbs said Thursday. “I have no idea.”