UPDATE: According an Odessa, Texas Police Department public information officer, 5 people are confirmed dead of 21 who were shot during an incident that began with a Texas Department of Public Safety officer being shot during a traffic stop.
The suspect then reportedly went on a shooting rampage along Interstate 20 between Odessa and Midland. A Midland and an Odessa police officer are among the wounded.
It appears that there was not, in fact, a second shooter involved. An Odessa officer told a press conference that the suspect, who was shot and killed by police, was a 30-year-old white male. No further identification was provided.
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At least 20 people have been injured by a shooter who has opened fire in Odessa, Texas, city officials told local outlets Saturday, while a second shooter was believed to be on the loose in nearby Midland.
Odessa officials told KOSA that 20 injuries in connection with the shooting, but authorities have not confirmed any injuries. The public is being urged to avoid Interstate 20.
One suspect is said to be driving a gold vehicle from Odessa to Midland and is armed with a rifle, NewsWest9 said. A second suspect is believed to be driving a U.S. Postal Service van.
And it may be more wide spread that that.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 31, 2019
BREAKING: 30 people have been shot between Odessa & Midland Texas, police tell CBS News.
There are 2 suspect on the loose in 2 separate vehicles.
As of 5:05p EST today, per police:
10 victims shot in Midland
20 victims shot in Odessa
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— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 31, 2019
More on this latest shooting: Midland officials said one of the suspects shot a state trooper on the westbound lanes of I-20, then shot several people afterward. https://t.co/ims54WcRac
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 31, 2019
DEVELOPING: A gunman is at large in a hijacked mail truck in Texas and “shooting at random people,” according to Odessa Police Department. There are “multiple gunshot victims,” police said. https://t.co/jdHsN3CCzA
— ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2019
BREAKING: CBS can confirm an active shooter incident along I-20 in West Texas. 10 reported shot in Midland, 20 reported shot in Odessa. One suspect reported in custody, one suspect still on the loose.
— CBS News Radio (@CBSNewsRadio) August 31, 2019
From the AP:
Police say there are “multiple gunshot victims” in central Texas after one or more suspects opened fire.
The Midland, Texas, Police Department said Saturday that one of the suspects is believed to be driving a gold-colored vehicle and has a rifle. Authorities in Odessa, Texas, say the other shooter is believed to be driving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle.
Police in Odessa, say one or possibly two suspects hijacked the postal vehicle and was firing at random, hitting multiple people.
The University of Texas Permian Basin campus has gone into lock-down. There have been no reports of fatalities.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid major highways in the area, including Interstate 20.