New shooting in Texas killed five people and left 21 others injured in the Midland/Odessa, Texas, area on Saturday afternoon. Police killed the suspect- believed to be a white male in his 30s, in a cinema car park in Odessa, Texas, after the rampage that saw at least three officers shot.
This will not be the first time, and it will not be the last time that an armed attack in Texas kills defenseless people.
Odessa police chief Michael Gerke said about new shooting in Texas that the tally of victims included three injured law enforcement officers and at least 21 civilians. It was not obvious whether the number of dead included the shooter, nor was it clear whether that number was included among the 21 civilian victims.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the rampage started when two soldiers tried to stop a gold car on Interstate 20 westbound at 3:13 p.m.
“Prior to the vehicle coming to a complete stop, the male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit,” the DPS stated. “The patrol unit was occupied by two Troopers, and one was hit by the gunfire.”
“The suspect fled the scene and continued shooting innocent people, including a Midland police officer and an Odessa police officer. The Trooper is in serious but stable condition, and the two other officers are in stable condition at a local hospital,” the department added.
Victims were published in the neighboring towns of Midland and Odessa, suggesting the gunman drove the 20 miles distance from one to the other.
Cinema-goers were seen running for their lives before the gunman was shot dead outside the Cinergy complex in Odessa.
Police originally said there may have been two shooters in New shooting in Texas, but experts now believe there was just one gunman.
Nevertheless, a video circulating online shows another defendant being detained at gunpoint in the same area and thrown into a police car. It is not yet known who this person is.
The Midland Police Department added previous Saturday that there were reports of two shooters in two separate vehicles. “The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van,” police stated on Facebook. “One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland.”
The shooting comes just four weeks after a gunman in the Texas border city of El Paso killed 22 people after opening fire at a Walmart.
The ATF said that agents helped with the response to the shooting on IH-20 near Odessa.
The hospital said it was treating six injured victims. Three of those victims were in a critical state and three were in stable condition.
“I was born and raised here, I do not recall anything like this ever happening,” Midland Mayor Jerry Morales told Fox News. “It’s hard to swallow. It’s hard to understand. […] There’s a lot of learning going on. It was very rapid.”
The suspect’s killing brought an end to a chaotic afternoon, during which police reported that there were two shooters in two separate vehicles. At a news conference Saturday evening, Gerke said police believe the suspect killed at the movie theater was the only gunman.
DPS asked the public to avoid I-20 in Odessa, Midland, and Big Spring. Residents of Midland and Odessa were urged to stay inside too.
Trump was briefed on the shot and the White House is watching the situation, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said. Justice Department agent Kerri Kupec tweeted that Attorney General William Barr was monitoring the situation.
“Just briefed by Attorney General Barr about the shootings in Texas. FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged. More to follow,” Trump next tweeted.
Every few days there is news of a shooting in Texas that results in many deaths. There seems to be no constructive action to prevent these accidents. Guns are everywhere, and killers are coming and going in the city. How many more deaths will make a difference?