June 16, 2021

USA: Mass Shooting In Entertainment District Of Austin. One Person Killed, 13 Were Injured. Two Black Men Were Arrested. Claim Shooters Were Arguing With Each Other But Shot Others?

KVUE published June 12, 2021: Suspect in Sixth Street shooting now in custody. Police said they are searching for a second possible suspect after a late-night mass shooting on Sixth Street in Downtown Austin.

KETK NBC News, local
written by Billy Gates, and Alex Caprariello
Wednesday June 16, 2021

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An argument between two groups of teens on East Sixth Street escalated to a shooting that killed one person and injured 13 others June 12, an arrest affidavit from the Austin Police Department said.

APD says Jeremiah Roshaun Leeland James Tabb, 17, pulled a gun from his waistband. He and his “crew” walked by another group of people, exchanged words with them and then started shooting.

The affidavit says as the group Tabb was in walked by the other group, Tabb said, “What y’all wanna do? Y’all wanna fight?” A minor from the other group replied with, “it’s whatever,” and then the affidavit says that’s when Tabb pulled out his gun and started shooting.

The same minor said Tabb shot him in the leg a few days before in Killeen, the affidavit said. Killeen police told KXAN on June 8, officers were called to a Harker Heights hospital to talk to a teen who had been shot. The victim told them he was outside a home on Toledo Drive when a dark-colored sedan drove by and fired shots toward him. Police are looking into potential suspects, the department said Wednesday.

Another minor police interviewed in Austin said the group immediately starting running away and heard gunshots behind him.

Multiple people confirmed to investigators that not only Tabb had a gun, but two other people did as well, the affidavit said. Tabb and the other juvenile each showed their weapons after the brief verbal exchange before the gunfire began, the affidavit said.

Eight shell casings, believed to be from the same gun, were found by investigators on the sidewalk outside a bar in the area of the shooting, the affidavit said.

The shooting killed 25-year-old Douglas Kantor, who was visiting Austin, and injured 13 others. One of the 13 who were injured, identified by family members to KXAN as Jessica Ramirez, was fighting for her life in the hospital after being shot. Family members said she needed back surgery because of her injuries.

Tabb was the second person arrested in connection with the shooting. Police arrested the first person, only identified as a minor, on June 13. Tabb is currently charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and according to jail records, he is in custody at the Travis County Jail.

Attorney information for Tabb was not immediately available, but once it becomes available, KXAN will ask for a comment.


The 17-year-old Austin shooters have known each other
since middle school.

KXAN published June 16, 2021: Argument involving teens escalated to Austin mass shooting on 6th Street, affidavit says. An argument between two groups of teens on East Sixth Street escalated to a shooting that killed one person and injured 13 others June 12.
written by Matt Vespa
March 26, 2018

Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, is on trial for obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her dead husband’s terrorist activities. Yet, there was a rather interesting tidbit that fell from the tree; Omar Mateen’s father, Seddique, was an FBI informant for 11 years. On top of that, the FBI had approached Omar prior to his June 2016 attack that left over 49 people dead and nearly 60 wounded. During the shooting on June 12, 2016, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Mateen was killed during the attack.

The FBI agent who was in charge of handling Seddique interviewed Mateen three times and couldn’t find a tie to terrorism. He also said that Mateen made controversial remarks because he felt harassed at work; Mateen worked as a security guard. The agent, Juvenal Martin, even wired up Mateen’s manager at work to confirm what co-workers were saying about him, i.e. he’s a member of al-Qaeda etc., but he never made controversial remarks again. Now, Salman’s lawyers are asking to either have the case dismissed or have the judge declare a mistrial since the FBI never disclosed this information. The judge presiding over the case, Paul Byron, said he won’t rule on the motion right now (via Orlando Sentinel):
Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen was considered by the FBI for development as a possible informant prior to carrying out the 2016 mass shooting, an agent testified today during the trial of Mateen’s widow, Noor Salman.

That revelation came hours after Salman’s defense filed a motion seeking to have the case dismissed or declared a mistrial due to information that Mateen’s father was an informant for the FBI for more than a decade and sent money out of the country in the months before the attack.

Jurors today heard from FBI Special Agent Juvenal Martin, who was responsible for overseeing Mateen's father, Seddique Mateen, as an informant after Martin transferred to the FBI’s Miami division in 2006.

Martin said he was also involved in investigating Omar Mateen, after co-workers at the security firm G4S reported in 2013 that Mateen had made comments about being connected to Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Martin had Mateen’s supervisor wear a concealed recording device, but didn’t capture him making such statements again.


“It is apparent from the Government’s belated disclosure that Ms. Salman has been defending a case without a complete set of facts and evidence that the Government was required to disclose,” attorney Fritz Scheller argued in the court filing.

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron said he would consider the motion later today.

"I'm not going to address it right now,” he said. “It's gonna take too much time."


Mateen’s father, Seddique Mateen, was on the government’s witness list but was never called to testify. His wife, Shahla Mateen, testified. According to the newly filed motion, Seddique Mateen acted as an informant at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016.

He also was found to have made money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan during the period between March 16, 2016 and June 5, 2016 — a week before the Pulse attack.

Had Salman’s defense team known about those transfers, Scheller argued, they would have “investigated whether a tie existed between Seddique Mateen and his son, specifically whether Mateen’s father was involved in or had foreknowledge of the Pulse attack.”

That would be relevant to Salman’s defense, Scheller said, because the government has claimed she helped her husband concoct a cover story to tell his parents about where he was going the night prior to the early-morning mass shooting at Pulse.

If Seddique Mateen had “some level of foreknowledge” about his son’s plot, a cover story “would have been completely unnecessary,” the motion contends.

UPDATE 6/25/21 at 1:05pm: Added info below.

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