UPDATE (4:30 p.m.PDT ) - Five people were killed and 21 injured in random shootings by a motorist in the area of Odessa, Texas, police said Saturday.
Three of the injured were law enforcement officers, including a state trooper, Odessa police Chief Michael Gerke said at a news conference.
"What a horrific day for Odessa," he said.
A shooter was believed to be using Interstate 20 in Odessa and nearby Midland during the attack, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Gerke said the attack happened after the suspect, in a gold Honda, was the subject of a 3:17 p.m. traffic stop in the area. The trooper who stopped the suspect was shot, he said.
The alleged shooter went on to Odessa where multiple people were shot, the chief said. The suspect then ditched the vehicle he was using and took a U.S. Postal Vehicle to a local theater, Cinergy, where a shootout with law enforcement from multiple agencies took place, he said.
"An exchange of gunfire happened and that subject is deceased at that location," Gerke said.
FBI El Paso: "FBI personnel are on scene and assisting with the active shooter investigation" in Midland and Odessa, Texas. "It is too soon to know motive or the identity of the suspect."— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 31, 2019
UPDATE (4:00 p.m. PDT) - An active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa, Texas, according to the Midland Police Department.
UPDATE (3:45 p.m. PDT) - Multiple people were shot Saturday afternoon in West Texas, with at least one suspect who was reported to be roaming the roadways of Odessa, Texas, fatally shot, police said.
At least one person was killed and about 20 have been injured, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC News. Among the injured, they said, was a state trooper in unknown condition.
A shooter was believe to be using interstate 20 in Odessa and nearby Midland during the attack, the sources said.
"It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa," Odessa police said on Facebook. "There is no active shooter at this time."
Texas Gov. Abbott on the Odessa-Midland attack, which comes less than a month after the El Paso attack: "I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence." pic.twitter.com/a5UvJ3nipg— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 31, 2019
ORIGINAL- Multiple people were shot Saturday afternoon in two West Texas cities with at least one suspect reported to be roaming the streets of Odessa, Texas, and nearby Midland, police said.
At least one person was killed and about 10 have been injured, said Devin Sanchez, director of co
mmunications for the city of Odessa.
Police there believe there is one shooter, but they are still coordinating with other agencies, she said.
President Donald Trump has been briefed about the attacks and is monitoring the situation, White House communications officials said.
Odessa police said on Facebook earlier, "A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut."
Police urged the public to get off the road "and use extreme caution."
"All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available," the statement said.
Midland police said on social media at about 4 p.m. that they believe are two shooters in two different vehicles. "The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van."
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin told students, staff and faculty to shelter in place.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke tweeted out his condolences.
Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again. More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic. https://t.co/ytWLcg7y20— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 31, 2019
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