Texas: 5 killed, 21 injured in latest US shooting rampage
London, Sep 1, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Five people have been killed and 21 injured after a shooting near the twin towns of Midland and Odessa in west Texas. The gunman, who opened fire after his car was stopped by police on Saturday afternoon, was killed by police after being chased to a parking lot at an entertainment complex.
It was the second mass shooting in Texas in August. On 3 August a gunman killed 22 people and injured 24 at a Walmart in El Paso.
The Texas governor, Greg Abbott, said: “The first lady and I are heartbroken over this senseless and cowardly attack, and we offer our unwavering support to the victims, their families, and all the people of Midland and Odessa.”
Police in Odessa had earlier reported that “a subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people.”
They added that “the suspect just hijacked a US mail carrier truck” and urged people to stay off the road and use extreme caution.
Some of the shots were fired on the Interstate 20 highway linking Odessa and Midland, where cars were left with bullet holes.
President Donald Trump tweeted that he had been briefed by Attorney General Bill Barr.
“FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged,” Trump said.
The Mayor of Midland,Jerry Morales confirmed the death of two persons, with 20 others injured.
Midland Police Department also confirmed one death: that of the ‘active shooter’ in an update posted on Facebook.
“It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa. There is no active shooter at this time. All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects”, the Police said.
Morales said the shootings began shortly after 4 p.m. local time, with two or possibly three gunmen targeting motorists on Interstate 20 and Highway 191, which connects Midland to Odessa, Texas.
Odessa police said multiple people were shot by a gunman who at one point hijacked a mail truck and was “shooting at random people.”
Midland Memorial Hospital said it received six patients, three of whom are in critical condition, hospital officials said. The other three patients are in stable condition.
Midland and Odessa are in western Texas, about 20 miles apart.
The police in Midland earlier said on Facebook that they believed there were two gunmen in separate vehicles.
“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 police said. “The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors.”
The police in Odessa, about 20 miles away, said on Facebook that a gunman — or possibly two — was driving around “shooting at random people.”
“At this time there are multiple gunshot victims,” the police said. “Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution! All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.”
On Saturday the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, a contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump, tweeted: “I’m heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. We shouldn’t have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We’ve already lost far too many to gun violence –Congress must act now.”
Another Democratic contender, the former El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke, said: “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.