In the span of less than 24 hours, Austin-area authorities on Wednesday were investigating two homicides and the death of a man found in a ditch in southeastern Travis County.
Authorities first were called to the 700 block of Mankato Drive in South Austin at about 4:52 p.m. Tuesday, after a person inside a home asked for help. Officer Alexandra Parker, an Austin police spokesperson, said officers arrived at 5:05 p.m. and found a man in his late 20s with injuries and "signs of obvious trauma."
The police officers tried to save the man's life, but he died at 5:11 p.m., according to Parker. Police were investigating the case as the city's 65th homicide of the year.
Police said no one else, including others inside the home, was injured. Authorities did not confirm a cause of death and did not release any details about a suspect. But police said the death was an isolated incident and that the public is not in danger.
Hours later, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, officers assigned to patrol downtown Austin heard gunshots coming from the 600 block of Neches Street, according to Parker.
Once at the location of the gunshots, which was near the Toulouse nightclub, authorities found a man in his 30s with gunshot wounds. Officers tried to save the man's life, but he died at 2:14 a.m., Parker said. His case is being investigated as Austin's 66th homicide of the year.
Anyone with more information about this incident can call the Austin police's homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.
Finally, at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Austin-Travis County EMS medics responded to an area near the intersection of Platt Lane and North FM 973 in southeastern Travis County after a person was found lying in a ditch, medics said.
A statement from Austin-Travis County EMS medics say that person died, possibly after being hit by a vehicle. His death is still being investigated.
This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Authorities investigating 2 killings, roadside death within 24 hours