Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Time: 7:54 p.m.
Location: 1600 block Nash Hernandez Sr. Road
Arrested: Braylon Harper, Black male, 24 years of age
On April 4, 2021 at approximately 7:54 p.m., Austin Police officers responded to Edward Rendon Sr. Park (known to many as Chicano Park) located in the 1600 block of Nash Hernandez Sr. Road following approximately 15 separate 9-1-1 calls reporting an active shooter in the park. At the time of this incident, the park was filled with people including families and a large group of car enthusiasts.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a small group of people were involved in a disturbance. The disturbance escalated into a fight between two Hispanic males and Braylon Harper. During the fight, a knife was produced and Harper was stabbed. Harper fired a pistol in their direction as the stabbing suspects fled on foot. In the process, a bullet struck a bystander who was transported with non-life threatening injuries.
Harper was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second-degree felony. Detectives are attempting to locate the two Hispanic males that were involved.
The information gathered thus far indicates that this is an isolated event and there is no ongoing threat to the public.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to call the APD Aggravated Assault unit at 512-974-9741 or utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.