A gunman in West Texas killed five people and shot another 21 in a rampage that began when two Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a mail truck on Interstate 20 westbound, DPS Lt. Elizabeth Carter said.
Three law enforcement officers were among the injured, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said. A hospital administrator said a child under the age of 2 was injured and at that least seven people were in critical condition.
Upon trying to stop the vehicle, someone pointed a rifle toward the police and fired several shots, wounding one of the troopers, Carter said.
Gerke said the driver traveled west into Odessa and shot another person, then continued through the city where “there were multiple victims,” the chief said. Devin Sanchez, a spokesman for the City of Odessa, said someone in a gold vehicle was driving around shopping centers and shooting people from his vehicle.
The gunman abandoned his vehcle, stole a mail truck and continued his shooting spree in the city, Gerke said. The shooter drove toward the Cinergy movie theater, where he and police officers exchanged gunfire in the parking lot. Police say the shooter is now dead.
During the high-speed pursuit, police thought there might be two shooters firing from two vehicles. They now claim it was a single shooter.
VIDEO of the police response in Odessa, as officers worked to find the suspect who opened fire in Midland and Odessa, killing 5 people and injuring 21 others. The suspect was later shot and killed by police. READ MORE: https://t.co/vIBRASXQXM (Courtesy: Melissa Taylor) pic.twitter.com/mbNnLFXK7j— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) August 31, 2019
FULL VIDEO: Odessa Police hold presser on shooting; 5 dead & 21 injured, suspect also killed— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 31, 2019
Politicians rush to use Tragedy to push yet more gun control
Speaking to reporters before boarding a plane for Poland on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence addressed the shootings in West Texas:
“Our hearts go out to all the victims and families who had loved ones lose their lives. We commend the law enforcement in Odessa for their swift and courageous response, but at the President’s direction we’ve deployed the full resources of the federal government. They’re on site. The president spoke to the attorney general. The FBI is already assisting local law enforcement in the investigation going forward.”
Pence said he and the Trump administration “remain absolutely determined to work with leaders in both parties in Congress to take steps that we can address and confront this scourge of mass atrocity in our country.”
We don’t know how many have been killed. We don’t know the motivation. But here’s what we do know: This is fucked up. pic.twitter.com/NRvyPfUjiM— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 1, 2019
I’m heartbroken for the families of the victims in the Odessa and Midland shooting. Our children deserve a future without multiple mass shootings in one month.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 1, 2019
We need gun safety reform.
This is not an acceptable price for freedom— Khary Penebaker, Fx (@kharyp) August 31, 2019
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