University Student Fatally Shot In His Sleep By Negligent Gun Owner In Neighboring Apartment

AUSTIN, TEXAS — A 20-year-old man died in his sleep after being hit by a bullet from a neighboring apartment where a negligent discharge occurred.  According to the San Marcos Police Department, the incident occurred at The Lyndon apartments around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Officers with the SMPD responded to a call to assist EMS where the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The Criminal Investigation Division identified the victim as 20-year-old Austin Salyer, a student at Texas State University. Their preliminary investigation indicates that Salyer likely suffered a gunshot wound while he was asleep from a “firearm that was negligently discharged from a neighboring apartment.”

They do have a suspect but are not releasing their identity “pending further investigation and review” by the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.

Sometimes there is nothing that we can do to avoid being a victim of circumstance. Unfortunately, we have no idea who is on the other side of walls in apartments, hotels and other shared spaces. As responsible gun owners, we always make sure to follow the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety, so that things like this simply don’t happen.

You are responsible for every single round.


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Edgar Lee is a contributor for Concealed Nation. After spending 20 years in the fire service, he is currently in his second career as a business and technology manager, and he and his wife are successful small business owners.

Outside of work his interests include camping, hiking, fishing, metal detecting, home improvement projects and motorcycling. He also enjoys reading biographies and auto biographies, military history, and writing about modern-day personal safety and security. He has visited much of the continental US, but still considers his home state of North Carolina as his favorite.

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