UPDATE, Sunday, Sep. 1, 11:03 a.m. PT : The official death toll in the shooting has now risen to seven preys killed, still with virtually two dozen more injured. One of the injured casualties is reportedly a 17 -month-old baby girl who was struck by shrapnel during the event.
The shooter, who Odessa police have confirmed is an unnamed white-hot male in his 30 s, is also dead. Apparently, Odessa police killed and killed him the suspect outside a movie theatre in Odessa. It’s unclear whether he was trying to go into the theater or elsewhere to continue his spree, but irrespective, the threat was no longer active as of about 4:30 p.m. local meter on Saturday afternoon in west Texas.
According to CNN , apparently the whole thing started with a traffic stop; the suppose shot at authorities when he was pulled over, then sped down the roadway spraying bullets at random beings in random cars all along the way. So terrifying.
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At least 21 parties have reportedly been shot in the west Texas towns of Odessa and Midland — and at least five have been killed, apparently — in a mass shooting incident traverse multiple sites across both cities.
Midland Police said on Saturday afternoon that the shooting begun at a Home Depot in the city; apparently, a suppose in a amber Toyota began opened fire at beings from the vehicle there and at a neighbourhood shopping center.
Very soon, governments apparently followed the believe, at which point he got out of his gondola and allegedly absconded the incident in a United Government Post Office vehicle. It shows he stimulated horror from there, apparently continuing to shoot people on the highway between Odessa and Midland, though at this object it’s unclear exactly where and how many victims there are beyond the initial reported figure here.
At least one state trooper and two other officers were shot as part of the pursuit, as well. The believe is reportedly said to be a white male in his 30 s; he was eventually killed by Odessa police.
Obviously, there are still a lot of moving parts and unknowns here, but above all, we do know this is a major, major misfortune. Twitter revises late into Saturday evening remained the public up to the minute with information about what happened, as you can see( below ):
BREAKING: 21 beings shot, 5 dead in Odessa, Texas according to police chief.
Incident started at 3:17 pmCT
State trooper attempted to stop gold honda
Trooper was shot; subject fled
Subject trenched vehicle& stole mail truck
Suspect is dead
No confirmation of a 2nd suspect
— David Begnaud (@ DavidBegnaud)
Odessa and Midland are just miles apart from each other on Interstate 20 in west Texas. The two municipalities are roughly halfway between Dallas and El Paso.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones in this, yet another senseless, horrendous, tragic mass filming. Ugh.
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