An Austin man was arrested earlier this month in connection with the shooting of several people in Downtown Park after Drum Circle on Sunday.
According to prison records, Joel Louis Garcia, 34, was arrested two days later after a serious assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim told police he met Garcia from the weekly drum circle at Zilkar Park, but was upset when a woman refused to hang out with him.
According to an affidavit obtained by Fox 7 Austin, on June 12, Garcia allegedly approached the victim with a gun while he was standing in the parking lot.
He had a small .22 rifle with a sod of stock and possibly a suppressor on the barrel, the affidavit said.
Austin police have arrested four of the nine suspects in connection with the alleged robbery.
Garcia appeared in a drunken state and was verbally abusive, then allegedly fired which hit one of the victim’s cars when someone tried to calm him down, according to the affidavit.
Afterwards, Garcia allegedly went to another victim and tried to “whip her” with a pistol, but she managed to prevent the attack. Some of the victims were on foot, while others got out of the car.
Three days after the incident, the Austin Police Department received an anonymous tip that Garcia was planning a mass shooting in Drum Circle next Sunday, according to the affidavit.
According to KXAN, he was arrested the next day after police received a tip-off while getting off a bus near a park in Barton Springs RD. Authorities arrested him and found a gun in his bag.
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Garcia is currently being held on a 60,000 consolidated bond. The lawyer who could speak on his behalf was not recorded in the prison records.
Zilker Park is a vast 358-acre area with Barton Springs Pool, a botanical garden and several miles of hiking trails in central Austin.