Driver runs car into South by Southwest crowds, 2 killed

AUSTIN, Texas - Austin police released the name of the man suspected of driving through a pedestrian area at the South by Southwest festival, killing two people and injuring more than a dozen others.

Police said in a statement Thursday afternoon that they intend to charge Rashad Charjuan Owens with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

The statement said formal charges were still pending.

Officers said Owens fled when they tried to stop him for drunken driving. He then allegedly burst through a barricade, hit numerous bystanders and killed a man riding a bicycle and a woman who was on a moped.

Police say the driver eventually crashed and tried to flee on foot, but a police officer shocked him with a stun gun and took him into custody.

Owens is 21 years old. The statement did not provide a city of residence.

According to Dr. Christopher Ziebell of University Medical Center-Brackenridge, at least two people are in critical condition with life-threatening head injuries.
In all, 23 people were injured.

The annual music, film and interactive conference draws tens of thousands to Austin each year.

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