At least 5 dead (NBC News)
At least 20 more injured
At least 3 police injured
Trooper tried a traffic stop; was shot
Shooter continued on with a shooting rampage
Suspect stole a mail truck
Multiple law enforcement officers and many victims shot in multiple locations during rampage
Suspect: White male in his mid-30s, Shot and killed
UPDATE: At least 5 killed and more than 20 injured in Odessa-Midland shooting attack, police official says; no confirmation of a second shooter, as of now.— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 31, 2019
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Update (1900ET): Texas Gov. Abbott on the Odessa-Midland attack, which comes less than a month after the El Paso attack: "I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence."
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As we detailed earlier, at least two people have been killed and dozens more reportedly injured in Texas, where people were randomly shot at from vehicles in Midland and Odessa.
West Texas Shootings:— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) August 31, 2019
- At least 5 dead, 21 injured, following shootings in Odessa and Midland, Texas
- One suspect is dead
- Police believe threat is containedpic.twitter.com/K6NwEPry7d
One suspect has been shot and killed during arrest..
Midland mayor, Jerry Morales, said that two victims of the shootings have died.
“We have two fatalities and up to 20 injuries,” Morales told the New York Times.
Odessa 😭 pic.twitter.com/GGbHuUbmeK— Anuar Carrillo Barraza (@TLAHUAYORK2009) August 31, 2019
Midland police initially said on social media that they believe are two shooters in two different vehicles.
"The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van."
NBC News reports that the shooter was believed to be using interstate 20 in Odessa and nearby Midland during the attack, the sources said.
But, since then the Midland Police Department has confirmed that a gunmen was shot and killed, adding that officers have been looking into reports of other possible suspects.
President Trump confirmed he has been briefed on the situation:
Just briefed by Attorney General Barr about the shootings in Texas. FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged. More to follow.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2019
"Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again. More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic."
As The Daily Star reports, this shooting comes just days after Odessa was ranked as one of the least safe cities in Texas. The city came in 132nd out of a total of 141 cities in Texas with a population over 10,000. Midland fared better, coming in at 71st but Big Spring was ranked at 128th.