AUSTIN, TX -- In an unexpected move, the Travis County District Attorney has dropped the charges against the two teens arrested in connection to the 6th St. shooting in Austin. This was done after Austin police identified a third suspect.
According to APD, the suspect has been identified as 19-year-old De’Ondre Jermirris White from Killeen. At this time police believe White is the suspect responsible for firing the gun that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Douglas Kantor and the injured most of the victims.
“Our investigation has revealed that White is responsible for the murder of Douglas Kantor as well as shooting many, if not all, of our shooting victims,” said Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon.
During a press conference, authorities confirmed they initially interviewed White after the shooting but he was released. Police believe he returned to Killeen where he changed his hair and appearance before going into hiding.
According to police, witnesses stated White and Tabb fled to a nearby apartment to discuss the shooting. White will be charged with murder once he is arrested.
District Attorney Jose Garza then confirmed his office would be dismissing the charges against 17-year-old Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb and the unidentified juvenile. Tabb was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, while the other teen faced a deadly conduct charge. Either suspect could be charged in connection to the case in the future as the investigation continues.
“At this point in the investigation, said Garza. "Dismissing these charges is what is in the best interest of this investigation as we focus on the person who is primarily responsible for the injury and death that took place on 6th Street."
White is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding White is asked to contact 911 or CrimeStoppers at 512-472-8477.