Brother of Austin Mass Shooting Victim Doug Kantor Blames Defund Police Movement, Rips Biden Admin

The brother of a man who died on Sunday from injuries suffered during a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, spoke out about the death on social media. Nick Kantor, brother of the late Doug Kantor, placed part of the blame for the killing on the "defund the police" movement. He also criticized President Joe Biden's administration.

Hours after his brother passed away on early Sunday afternoon, Nick Kantor posted a message on Facebook. He called the two shooters responsible for the early Saturday morning violence "cowards" and said a "lack of resources" caused police to not be able to "properly patrol/take preventative measures to prevent this Tragedy."

"The lack of resources is due to funding cut by the DEFUND THE POLICE movement put in place by the current administration," he added.

He also had more harsh words toward what seems to be President Joe Biden's administration. He wrote, "I would like this to be known because that same political party/administration will more than likely try to spin this into a gun control issue instead of what it really was which was a lack of resources for the police to do their job and save my brother's life."

Kantor thanked the police officers who did respond to the scene and got Doug to a hospital in his post. He wrote, "I commend them for their quick thinking and efforts there was nothing more they could've done with the resources that they had available to them."

Doug Kantor, 25, died from his injures on Sunday at around noon. His death is the only fatality so far of the 14 people injured during Saturday's mass shooting in downtown Austin. Nick Kantor also spoke with local NBC affiliate KXAN-TV on Sunday about his brother's death.

"He was shot through the abdomen just below the rib cage, straight through," he said. "He suffered from the time of the injury until the time of death. It was the most gruesome thing I could think to wish on someone. It's painful to discuss, but I think the public deserves to know what my brother suffered."

Doug Kantor was originally from Airmont, New York, and in graduate school at the University of Michigan. He was visiting Austin at the time of his death, his family said in a statement.

One other person remains in critical condition from Saturday's shooting, while the other 12 are said to be in stable condition. Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said during a Saturday press conference that most of the victims were innocent bystanders.

Austin police reportedly received their first 911 call shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. Chacon said authorities were reviewing video footage from multiple sources for more information about the shooting.

Mayor Steve Adler's office announced one person has been arrested, and another suspect is still at large.
Adler also tweeted about the shooting, writing, "The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic."

He followed up with another message. In that, he stated: "APD and the City Council have initiated multiple violence prevention efforts in response—but this crisis requires a broader, coordinated response from all levels of government. One thing is clear—greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety."

We thank our community's law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel for a quick response on Sixth Street. We are fortunate not to have any fatalities but remain concerned for the two individuals in critical condition.

— Mayor Adler | Get vaccinated! (@MayorAdler) June 12, 2021

While running for president, Joe Biden said he did not support defunding the police. He did say, however, that he supported making federal aid to police departments conditional.

Last summer, the Austin City Council voted to decrease the city's police department budget by $150 million. However, in January, Adler stated that Austin paid more per capita for its police than any other major city in Texas.
Newsweek contacted the Austin Police Department for updates into the shooting investigation but did not hear back in time for publication.

A Police 'Do Not Cross' Sign
A police 'Do Not Cross' sign seen here on May 2, 2020 in New York City. Police in Austin,, Texas barricaded a street on Saturday morning as a result of a shooting in which 14 were injured. One of the injured later died, and his brother wrote about the death on Facebook on Sunday. Noam Galai/Getty Images