Police: Ole Miss student attacked on 6th Street before UT game



KVUE News Austin

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 4:04 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin police say no arrests have been made in the case of an assault in downtown Austin. According to family friends, University of Mississippi student Carson Otter was in town for the Ole Miss football game against the University of Texas and is now being treated for life-threatening injuries at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

A hospital spokesman says he can not confirm whether Otter is in their care.

WFAA sister station KVUE News has learned family members are asking for prayers, according to Sparky Reardon, Ole Miss dean of students.

A spokesperson with the Austin Police Department says the victim hit his head on the ground during a downtown assault. It happened around 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of East 7th and Trinity streets.

Investigators say Otter was walking and started to argue with another man who was a passenger in a four-door, silver vehicle. The passenger exited the vehicle and punched Otter, who then fell to the ground and hit his head.

The attacker got back in his car and left the scene.

Veneza Bremner with APD says they do not have suspect description. They also do not know what the argument was about.

Witnesses say Otter exchanged words with occupants of a passing vehicle. Someone in the vehicle got out and punched Otter who then fell to the ground.

Family members say Otter is being treated for a brain injury.

The case is under investigation.

According to friends, Otter is from Bloomington, Indiana and is currently a senior at Ole Miss.

Carson’s mother posted an update on her Facebook page Sunday saying, “Today Carson was able to breathe on his own for a few hours, still on a ventilator but showing great signs."