- Seven people are dead, 21 were shot, and a shooting suspect was killed by police after firing at strangers from a moving vehicle in a shooting spree that terrorised residents of Odessa, Texas, on Saturday.
- Authorities said the chaos started when the suspect opened fire on a state trooper who pulled him over for failing to signal a left turn.
- After fleeing the scene, the gunman hijacked a mail carrier truck and began opening fire on innocent people and law enforcement officers throughout Odessa, authorities said.
- Police described the gunman as a white man in his mid-30s, but did not formally identify him on Saturday or discuss a potential motive.
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Seven people were killed after a gunman opened fire on authorities during a traffic stop and began firing at strangers from a moving vehicle, police said.
Twenty-one people were shot in the incident and a gunman was shot dead by Texas police Saturday afternoon.
Odessa Police told the Associated Press Sunday morning that seven people have died and one person remains in a “life-threatening” condition. The death toll rose by two overnight after authorities initially reported only five deaths.
The deadly shooting spree began near the cities of Odessa and Midland, when a state trooper pulled over a motorist for failing to signal during a left turn, the Odessa Police Department said.
The suspect then opened fire on the trooper before fleeing down the interstate, authorities said, setting off hours of chaos as authorities and residents sought to determine where the suspect was, and how many gunmen were active.
At one point, the shooting suspect hijacked a mail carrier truck and went on to shoot at residents and law-enforcement officers in Odessa, before authorities caught up with him near a movie theatre and killed him in a shootout.
Police described the gunman as a white man in his mid-30s, but did not formally identify him on Saturday or discuss a potential motive.
Police departments in Midland and Odessa initially warned the public of two potential shooters, but said later Saturday evening there was only one and the threat was over.
At a press conference on Saturday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at least three law-enforcement officers were among those shot. Their conditions were unclear.
There are still lingering questions about the number of casualties and the conditions of victims
A number of questions about the victims still remained as of Sunday. For instance, it was unclear whether the gunman was among the five deaths police reported, and it was unclear if the five deaths were included in the 21 shot, or if the 21 gunshot victims were alive and merely injured.
The conditions of the rest of the victims were also mostly unclear as of Saturday evening, but one Odessa hospital that accepted 13 victims said seven of those patients were in critical condition.
One of the injured victims was a child under the age of two, Russell Tippin, the CEO of Odessa’s Medical Centre Hospital, told reporters at a news conference.
President Donald Trump tweetedSaturday afternoon that he had been briefed on the incident by Attorney General William Barr.
“FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged,” he said. “More to follow.”
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced that it was responding to the incident.
Saturday’s shooting comes just weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in the Texas city of El Paso after opening fire in a Walmart.