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UPDATED: 2 Dead, 23 injured after man drives through SXSW crowd


UPDATED: 9:14 p.m.

Police released a mug shot of the man accused of driving his car into a crowd at Austin’s South by Southwest festival Wednesday night.

21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens is being held on two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

Police say Owens was asked to pull over at a sobriety checkpoint, but instead sped away.

They say he broke through a barricade and ran over people lined up on the sidewalk.

Owens was arrested after trying to escape on foot.

Original story:

AUSTIN, Texas – A tragic situation overnight at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Police say an intoxicated driver plowed his car into a crowd outside a popular bar.

Emergency management officials are confirming at least two people are dead, 23 are injured.

The car reportedly drove through a barricade outside the concert venue around 12:30 a.m.

The victims are a man and a woman who were riding motorcycles.

Of those injured, 10 were taken to a hospital, at least five of those are in critical condition.

The driver is now in police custody facing two murder charges.

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