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    A woman gunned down early Sunday morning in Austin, Texas, in a shooting that sent three others to the hospital has been identified as a Bay Area resident. Christie Smith reports. (Published Sunday, July 31, 2016)

    A woman gunned down early Sunday morning in Austin, Texas, in a shooting that sent three others to the hospital has been identified as a Bay Area resident.

    Teqnika Moultrie, 30, of San Carlos, was in Austin visiting her fiance's family when she was shot and killed in the city's crowded entertainment district.

    Moultrie and her fiance were planning to get married in September, according to Moultrie's brother, Ricky.

    The fatal shooting that injured five occurred around 2:15 a.m., according to NBC affiliate KXAN. Austin police have identified a person of interest in the shooting as Endicott McCray, 24. They have issued a warrant for his arrest.

    Ricky Moultrie said his sister was a school bus driver in the Sequoia Union High School District. He said she was a graduate of Woodside High School, where she was a star on the basketball team.

    "She was a great person," he said. "She's been driving school buses since she was 18. She loved her job, loved her kids."

    Ricky Moultrie said his sister and her fiance were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They had been out for the evening and stopped at a doughnut shop just before the shooting.

    Moultrie said the last time he had contact with his sister was Thursday before she left for Texas. He said his grandparents were on their way down to Texas on Sunday.

    Moultrie's cousin Matt Chilton said he received a call about 4 a.m. Sunday with the tragic news.

    "Surreal is not even the right word," Chilton said. "I still don’t believe it. I saw her a few days ago, and it's unbelievable still."

    A family friend, Ivory Butler, who said he has known Moultrie since she was 6 when she was growing up in the Quad Cities area of Iowa, posted a heartfelt message on his Facebook page: "R.I.P to my baby sister Teqnika Moultrie Love You With all my Heart Baby Girl You made the world spin in people hearts and I now [sic] you still will in Heaven."

    Butler, of Davenport, Iowa, said when he was homeless, the Moultrie family took him in, and he lived with them for about six or seven years. Ever since then, he has considered Teqnika his little sister.

    "I met her family in the year of 91-92," Butler told NBC Bay Area via email. "Me and her oldest brother became childhood friends. ... She was special, playing hardball with the boys and one of the best on the field; then softball.

    "She loved being around people," Butler continued. "I played basketball, and I can remember teaching her how to dribble. She loved her family and friends ... always trying to help someone smile. And she could."

    Police initially called the incident an active shooter situation but determined after further investigation that a gunshot fired during an assault at a nearby parking garage was unrelated to the shooting, according to the Associated Press.

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