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Man with connections to Orangeburg to be charged in deadly SXSW incident

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A 2012 booking photo of Rashad Owens from Bell Co., TX (Source: KXAN) A 2012 booking photo of Rashad Owens from Bell Co., TX (Source: KXAN)
The car plowed past a barricade and into a crowd early Thursday, killing 2 and injuring 23. (Source: KXAN/CNN) The car plowed past a barricade and into a crowd early Thursday, killing 2 and injuring 23. (Source: KXAN/CNN)
AUSTIN, TX (WIS/RNN) -

A man with connections to Orangeburg is accused of killing two people and injuring 23 others when he drove into a crowd at Austin's South by Southwest Music Festival Thursday night, according to police and media reports.

NBC News is reporting Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, is in custody and will soon be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

According to NBC, a Facebook page belonging to Owens, who currently lives in Killeen, Texas, lists Orangeburg as his hometown. He also lists several friends in the Orangeburg area.

Police say Owens was drunk when he drove a car down a one-way street as people spilled out of a concert venue just after midnight Thursday.

Among the dead is a man from the Netherlands, who was on a bicycle. Also dead is a Texas woman who was riding on the back of a moped; the driver of the moped survived and is hospitalized.

Police said the suspect was trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint at about 12:30 a.m. CST on Thursday. He sped away from police and drove past barricades set up for the festival, drove the wrong way down a one-way street and plowed into pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles before fleeing on foot.

The officer manning the barricades leaped out of the way of the speeding car, according to police. He and the officer from the DUI checkpoint chased the suspect on foot before using a stun gun to subdue him and take him into custody. 

Officials said that this was the first incident of deaths at SXSW in the 27-year history of the event.

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