Saturday, August 31, 2019

USA: 7 Dead in West Texas shooting, 21 injured

Texas Police Search for Active Shooters in Midland, Odessa After at Least 2 Killed and 20 Injured
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At least two people were killed and up to 20 others were injured in shootings on Saturday, according to the mayor of the city of Midland Jerry Morales, local media reported.

The mayor reportedly added that the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. local time, with two or possibly three gunmen targeting motorists on Interstate 20 and Highway 191, which connects the city of Midland to the city Odessa.

“They are shooting at random [...] We have two fatalities and up to 20 injuries”, Morales said, cited by The New York Times.
Local media reported earlier on Saturday, citing authorities, that at least 30 people were injured in connection with an alleged mass shooting in the cities of Odessa and Midland in Texas. According to the CBS broadcaster, citing local police, the public is urged to avoid I-20 in Odessa, Midland and Big Spring as authorities search for 2 suspects who have shot several people including an officer.

One of the suspects is reportedly believed to be driving a gold-colored vehicle and armed with a rifle, CBS said.

The second suspect reportedly may have taken a US Post Office vehicle. According to the City of Midland, a suspect shot a trooper in the westbound lanes of I-20 and shot several people afterwards.

Spokesperson for Odessa Police Department Cpl. Steve LeSueur has urged Odessans to stay indoors while they search for active shooters, local media reported.

Meanwhile, the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) was reportedly shutdown as an abundance of caution.

Midland authorities said that one suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland.
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Death Toll in Odessa-Midland Shooting in Texas Rises to Seven


The FBI and law enforcement agencies have been “fully engaged” in investigating a shooting that occurred on a highway connecting the cities of Midland and Odessa on Saturday.

The death toll in a shooting in West Texas has increased to seven people, while more than 20 people were shot in the incident, Odessa police said.

According to spokesman Steve LeSueur, at least one of the shooting victims remains in a life-threatening condition.

The shooting occurred on Saturday when state troopers stopped a car with a man, who failed to signal a left turn.

The man opened fire at the troopers and fled the scene, while randomly shooting people. The gunman, reportedly identified as a white man in his 30s, was later killed by officers near a movie theatre.

US President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident, while the FBI and law enforcement agencies have been investigating the case.

Commenting on the shooting, Trump said that he was dealing with Republicans and Democrats on gun control efforts and added that background checks wouldn't have stopped recent gun violence.

"They would not have stopped any of it," Trump stated.

Trump was referring to another recent shooting when a gunman killed 22 people in the Texas border city of El Paso.

In early August, Trump stated that "serious discussions" were taking place between congressional leaders on implementing meaningful background checks for individuals purchasing firearms in the United States.

The US president noted that guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people.

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