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Man charged in fatal SXSW wreck from Orangeburg

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Rashad Owens. (Source: Killeen Police) Rashad Owens. (Source: Killeen Police)
(AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner). A patient is carried away after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner). A patient is carried away after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014.
AUSTIN, TX -

A 21-year-old man identified by police as the suspected drunken driver of a vehicle that plowed through a crowd at the South by Southwest festival is from Orangeburg, according to the suspect's Facebook page. 

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says Rashad Charjuan Owens of Killeen, Texas has been charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle

Owens' Facebook page lists that he is from Orangeburg, SC. 

Police say Owens was trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint in Austin, Texas around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The suspect sped away from police and past barricades that were set up for the festival, drove down a one-way street, and plowed into a crowd of people and other vehicles.

Authorities say Owens attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was chased by an officer and brought down with a stun gun. 

Officials say two were killed and 23 were injured in the accident. 

Among those killed are a man from the Netherlands and a Texas woman. Two victims are in critical condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge with head injuries, according to officials. 

"I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse," Chief Acevedo said at a news conference Thursday.

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