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UPDATED: Two dead after car hits SXSW crowd

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A car plowed into a crowd of people outside The Mohawk, a bar in Austin, Texas, early Thursday morning, killing two and injuring dozens.

According to eyewitness reports from the scene, a car drove through a barricade and into a crowd of people near The Mohawk at approximately 1:30am ET.

Tyler the Creator was the feature act at the club, where he was performing as part of the SXSW Conference.

Austin police confirmed that two people were killed and 23 were transported to local hospitals. Of those, five were reported to be in critical condition. Police report that the driver is in custody and witnesses reported that the police were in pursuit of the driver

One eyewitness said that he saw a car knocking people who were in line and that it looked like "popping popcorn" as people flew into the air.

This is a breaking news story and the story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Photo Credit: Colin Kerrigan ‏@colinkerrigan 

UPDATE: 5:25 am: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that police had stopped a motorist suspected of driving under the influence when the motorist sped away, broke through barriers, and drove the wrong way down a one-way street, before plowing into the pedestrians waiting on line.

According to the Times:  "There is only one person responsible for this, someone with no regard for the sanctity of life.,”  Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters in a hastily called briefing. "Our focus is on gathering evidence and seeking justice for the people who lost their lives."

 


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