After the suspect came to a stop, he attempted to flee on foot. He was eventually tased and taken into custody, Kilgore said.
Police Lt. Brian Moon said the two victims were confirmed dead at the scene, along a block where several clubs are located. The others were taken to various hospitals. The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Central time.
Yvette Ruiz, 27, of Austin, told The Post she was attending the festival when she and her boyfriend saw the car break through the barricade and continue north, plowing through “clusters” of festival-goers.
“I could hear the rev of the engine and people screaming,” she said. “I turned around to see people falling off the hood of the car…. There was a lot of blood everywhere. People on the street. People on the sidewalk. It was barricaded. It was supposed to be safe.”
Colin Kerrigan, 25, told the Associated Press he was leaving an assignment at Stubb’s BBQ, just down the street, moments after the accident occurred.
The freelance journalist raced over to the Mohawk club, where the car hit, and found emergency rescue workers scrambling to help victims as police sirens blared and a helicopter circled overhead.
“As I’m walking up, I see one person down and another person down, and then I see more and more as I’m looking down Red River Street,” Kerrigan said. “People on the sidewalks — the people who witnessed the whole thing — were crying and in shock. It was a scene that I did not expect to see at SXSW. I know things get crazy, but nothing like a tragedy.”
Kilgore later said the police officer pursuing the car suspected the driver might be intoxicated.