Car Slams Into Crowd Near Texas SXSW Festival, Two Killed, 23 Injured

(Reuters) -

A car evading a police sobriety checkpoint plowed into a crowd at high speed in Austin on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 23 near a festival sponsored by Southwest Airlines, police said.

The driver, identified only as a black male, fled from police and was subdued by an officer using a stun gun after the incident near the event. He will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, police said.

The two people killed were a Texas woman who was riding on a moped and a Dutch man who was riding a bicycle, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told a news conference.

“This is an individual that showed no regard for the human beings that he plowed into in his attempt to get away,” Acevedo said of the suspect, whose name was to be released when he was formally charged later on Thursday,

The suspect was asked to pull over at a sobriety check point and instead sped away from a police car. He smashed through a police barricade and then plowed down people.