A year ago, SXSW finished with shots. This year, it's begun with them. The Austin Chronicle reports that Michael Sanders, who plays lead guitar for independent shake quartet Löwin, was shot while strolling home from A Giant Dog's execution at Hotel Vegas on Friday night.
As indicated by Sanders, three veiled men outfitted with handguns and an AR-15 rifle bounced out of the shrubs close to his home, pushed him up against an auto, and stole his cash and mobile phone. As the looters fled to their auto, Sanders strolled in a similar heading towards his home, and one of them pivoted and let go at him, getting him in the shoulder. Sanders figured out how to raced to his home and hit the security alert, and he utilized one of his neighbors' telephones to call the police
“It wasn’t as scary as it was matter of fact and surreal,” Sanders tells The Austin Chronicle. “My first thought to myself was ‘Oh my god, he shot me.’ My second thought was realizing that it didn’t hurt as bad as I would have expected. As far as getting shot goes, it was a very clean shooting. I’m fortunate… because they were trying to kill me.”
“Given the timing of the incident and the location in a neighborhood near the Eastside entertainment district that’s popular for short-term rentals during SXSW,” the paper notes, “Sanders believes the robbers were preying on people coming home from concerts.”
Last year, a shooter let go into the air amidst downtown Austin. In 2014, a car accident killed four people and harmed many others. Perused "Returning to the Car Crash that Shook SXSW, Two Years Later" on the Pitch.
To the extent Sanders knows, the Austin Police Department has not yet made any captures. Sanders' band Löwin has three shows reserved for the coming week, yet lamentably, he won't have the capacity to play.