One man has died after being shot when he tried to stop a fellow partygoer dressed as Santa Claus from injuring more people at a Halloween party in Austin on Sunday morning.
Austin police arrested 32-year-old Randall Gaston Jones after the shooting, which left three others injured. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Austin police Lt. Jason Staniszewski gave details into the shooting, saying that Jones was said to be intoxicated.
Staniszewski said police received a call about a shooting at 5501 Avenue F at about 6:15 a.m.
Around the same time officers received a second call of a disturbance at a home just down the block. While there were no reports of violence at the second location, officers arrived to find Jones outside still dressed as Santa.
“Officers located the suspect with the gun and the gun was on the ground,” said Staniszewski. “The suspect was taken into custody without incident.”
An investigation revealed that the costume party was winding down around 6 a.m. and Jones was highly intoxicated.
“The remaining group at the house tried to calm the situation down and told Jones to go to his room,” said Staniszewski. “Jones did live at the location. He returned to his room, then came back out and fired one shot.”
The victim, identified by police as 37-year-old Michael McCloskey, chased Jones after everyone scattered.
“He tried to protect everybody and during the disturbance several [more] shots were fired,” said Staniszewski. “Mr. McCloseky received several wounds to his body.”
Two others received wounds from the gunfire and were taken to the hospital, as was McCloskey. The fourth victim was treated at the scene and released.
Police said McCloskey died shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.
Jones remains in the Travis County Jail with bail totaling $700,000.