June 2021 mass shooting in Austin, TX

The June 2021 mass shooting in Austin, TX occurred on June 12, 2021 when Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb, 17-year-old black male, and an unnamed accomplice shot fourteen people, one of whom died (Douglas John Kantor, white male[1]).

June 2021 mass shooting in Austin, TX
Adriana Salazar carried by first responders.jpg
Location400 block of East 6th Street, Austin, TX
Coordinates30°16′01″N 97°44′20″W / 30.266938589°N 97.73877273°W / 30.266938589; -97.73877273
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DateJune 12, 2021
1:24 AM
Attack type
Mass shooting
  • Douglas John Kantor, white male
  • Adrianna Salazar, white Hispanic female[2]
  • Jessica Ramirez, white Hispanic female[3]
  • 11 other unnamed victims
  • Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb, 17-year-old black male
  • Unnamed juvenile male
Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb
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Criminal charge
  • Aggravated assault

Austin American-Statesman's refusal to report suspect description[edit]

The story become more noteworthy when local paper Austin American-Statesman refused to report a description of the shooting suspect, saying "The American-Statesman is not including the description as it is too vague at this time to be useful in identifying the shooter and such publication could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes. If more detailed information is released, we will update our reporting."[4]

An Instagram post with the title "Austin mass shooter still at large but media won’t provide description because he’s black"[5] addressing the paper's decision started to spread, but Politifact intervened[6] to have the story taken off of Facebook, rating the claim as "False," emphasizing the paper's decision based on description vagueness despite not addressing the paper's specific use of the word "stereotype."

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