UPDATE, Sunday, Sep. 1, 11:03 a.m. PT : The official death toll in the shooting has now risen to seven martyrs killed, still with virtually two dozen more disabled. One of the injured preys 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 lily-white male in his 30 s, is also dead. Apparently, Odessa police killed and killed the believe outside a movie theater in Odessa. It’s unclear whether he was trying to go into the theater or elsewhere to continue his spree, but regardless, the threat was no longer active as of about 4:30 p.m. local period on Saturday afternoon in west Texas.
According to CNN , apparently the whole thing started with a traffic stop; the suppose shot at experts when he was gathered over, then sped down the highway spraying bullets at random beings in random autoes all along the way. So terrifying.
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At least 21 people 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 cros multiple sites across both cities.
Midland Police said on Saturday afternoon that the shooting began at a Home Depot in the city; apparently, a believe in a golden Toyota began shooting at parties from private vehicles there and at a local shopping center.
Very speedily, sovereignties apparently followed the suspect, at which point he got out of his car and allegedly fled the scene in a United Country Post Office vehicle. It seems he justification horror from there, apparently continuing to shoot people on the superhighway between Odessa and Midland, though at this stage it’s unclear exactly where and how many martyrs there are beyond the initial reported amount here.
At least one state trooper and two other policemen were shot as part of the pursuit, as well. The suppose 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 updates late into Saturday evening continued the public up to the minute with information about what happened, as “youre seeing”( below ):
BREAKING: 21 people 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 ditched car& stole forward 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 metropolitans are roughly halfway between Dallas and El Paso.
Our thoughts and devotions are with the victims and their loved ones in this, yet another senseless, horrid, shocking mass hitting. Ugh.
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