5 dead, 21 wounded in mass shooting in Odessa, Texas area


ODESSA, Texas (WNCN/KMID/AP) — An official with the City of Odessa said five people are dead and 21 people total were injured after an active shooter situation on Saturday afternoon.

Officials the incident began around 3:15 p.m. local time along Interstate 20 westbound near mile marker 131 when Texas officers tried to make a traffic stop.

Before the car stopped, the male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the Texas patrol unit.

The suspect later shot a postal worker and hijacked a U.S. Postal Service truck and had been seen in the area of 38th and Walnut.

Midland Police later confirmed the suspect was shot and killed at Cinergy, a movie theater with other arcade type games.

Police said at a 6 p.m. local time news conference that they believe there was only one shooter.

A 17-month old is among the victims and was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock for treatment.

KMID-TV reported that three law enforcement officials were wounded in the shootings. All three are expected to recover.

Devin Chavez with the City of Odessa said a state trooper was shot on Interstate-20 before the shooter drove west to Odessa.

The Associated Press reported a suspect in the mail truck was shooting at victims randomly.

Earlier in the day, police said 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.

Odessa and Midland are located near each other in west Texas.

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