West Texas Shooting Leaves at Least 5 Dead, Including Suspect
A West Texas shooting left 5 people confirmed dead, including the shooter, and 21 others injured. It all started when a Texas State Trooper pulled over a vehicle on Highway 20 in Odessa, Texas at about 3:17 p.m. on Saturday. (NBC4) The suspect shot the trooper, then sped away in a gold Honda.
BREAKING: 21 people shot, 5 dead in Odessa, Texas according to police chief.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 31, 2019
Incident started at 3:17 pmCT
State trooper attempted to stop gold honda
Trooper was shot; subject fled
Subject ditched car & stole mail truck
Suspect is dead
No confirmation of a 2nd suspect
As the suspect continued to drive, he opened fire on random people. Then he ditched the Honda and hijacked a US Postal Service mail truck and continued shooting. Police at the time issued a warning for all people to say inside and away from the area.
Police officers from various agencies, and DPS cornered the suspect at the Cinergy entertainment venue in Odessa. Gunfire was exchanged and the suspect was killed.
Initial reports claimed that there was a second suspect driving around Midland, Texas also shooting at random people. Police have not confirmed that account, and released a Facebook post which stated that there was no “active shooter” at this time.
According to Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke, at least one officer each of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Midland Police Department and the Odessa Police Department were shot during the incident. Their conditions are unknown.
The Chief did not release the name of the suspect in the west Texas shooting, because they did not yet have a positive ID. He did say that he “had an idea who he is,” and only stated that it was a white male in his mid 30s. Which means the police knew of him and likely had contact with him previously.
Odessa police chief says at least 5 people were killed and 21 injured after a mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, in a "horrific" day. pic.twitter.com/kzDB7CeJS9— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 31, 2019
VIDEO: Odessa, Midland Police and Texas State Troopers confront Odessa/Midland shooting spree gunman behind Cinergy movie theaters in Odessa, Texas [KOSA-TV] pic.twitter.com/Ihqsc3e7X2— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) August 31, 2019
Featured photo: one of the vehicles shot by the suspect- note the bullet holes in the passenger window. Screenshot via Twitter.