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Victim’s death marks first fatality in Austin, Texas, mass shooting

A man died on Sunday from injuries sustained in a shooting in Austin, Texas, marking the first fatality in an attack that left more than a dozen people injured, authorities said.

The victim was identified by the Austin Police Department as 25-year-old Douglas John Kantor.

Authorities continued to search for one of the two suspects on Sunday. Investigators believe a dispute between the two sparked an early morning shooting in downtown Austin. A suspect was arrested on Saturday.

Authorities said two people were seriously injured and 12 others were in stable condition.

Acting Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon called the shooting “one of the most significant incidents we have ever had in our city.”

The shooting comes amid a nationwide increase in gun violence and surging gun sales. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group, there have been 271 mass shootings involving four or more victims since January 1.

There were 269 for all of 2014, a number that reached a five-year high of 417 in 2019, according to the organization.

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