Police: 1 man, 1 woman died at South by Southwest

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police have released the name of the man they say drove through a pedestrian area at the South by Southwest festival and killed two people.

Police said in a statement Thursday afternoon that they intend to charge Rashad Charjuan Owens with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

The statement said formal charges were still pending.

Officers said Owens fled when they tried to stop him for drunken driving. He then allegedly burst through a barricade, hit numerous bystanders and killed a man riding a bicycle and a woman who was on a moped.

Owens is 21 years old. The statement did not provide a city of residence.