Authorities are trying to find Kenneth Ray Paynes, a person accused of brandishing what police describe as an AK-47 pistol at a automotive dealership in Northwest Austin on Jan. 3, 2022.

Authorities on Friday are trying to find a person accused of brandishing what police described as an AK-47 pistol inside a automotive dealership in Northwest Austin earlier this month, inflicting staff and prospects to cover from who they believed was an lively shooter.

Austin police mentioned Kenneth Ray Paynes, who now has three felony warrants together with one for making a terroristic risk, first arrived at Nyle Maxwell PreOwned SuperCenter at 13401 RM 620 North at 10:50 a.m. on Jan. 3.

As soon as on the dealership, Paynes stayed inside his Dodge Charger and tried to get into the storage, police mentioned. Paynes was attempting to make use of the stress sensor that opens the storage door, nevertheless it was malfunctioning that day so the doorways wouldn’t open.

Paynes, as soon as he realized the sensor was not working, rammed his Charger into the storage a number of instances earlier than getting out of his car with the pistol in hand.

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Workers and prospects, as soon as they realized Paynes was armed, ran away and hid from him. Witnesses say Paynes walked across the dealership for a couple of minutes, showing to search for somebody, earlier than he left with out firing his weapon.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for Paynes’ residence on Wednesday and located the AK-47 pistol, generally known as a “Draco,” loaded with a 40-round journal contained in the Charger, together with three semi-automatic pistols and what police described as two AR-15 rifles.

Paynes, nonetheless, has but to be discovered. Anybody with extra data on his whereabouts can name the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-4463, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or use the brand new Crime Stoppers App.

It’s also possible to submit suggestions by downloading APD’s cellular app, Austin PD, at no cost on iPhone and Android. Crime Stoppers is providing as much as a $1,000 reward for data that results in an arrest.

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