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At Least 5 Dead, 21 Injured in West Texas Shootings: Police

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At Least 5 Dead, 21 Injured in West Texas Shootings: Police

On September 1, 2019, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

Over 20 victims have been shot in west Texas on Saturday.

At least 5 were killed and 21 injured near the cities of Midland and Odessa, Odessa Police Department Chief Michael Gerke confirmed in a news conference. Three law enforcement officials — from the Department of Public Safety, Midland Police Department and Odessa Police Department –were shot.

Gerke also said that the attack began as a traffic stop.

A gunman, described as a white male in his 30s, hijacked a postal van and a pickup truck and opened fire on residents, motorists and shoppers, police said. The gunman’s motive is not known at this time.

The Midland Police Department confirmed that the gunman had been killed at the Odessa Cinergy movie theater.

Tim Fischer/Midland Daily News via AP

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales told the New York Times: “They are shooting at random.” Morales also told the Times that the shootings began shortly after 4 p.m. local time on Interstate 20 and Highway 191, which connects Midland to Odessa. The two cities are approximately 20 miles apart.

At the time of the incident, the Odessa Police Department posted on Facebook, “At this time there are multiple gunshot victims,” and a gunman was driving around “shooting at random people.”

Tim Fischer/Midland Daily News via AP

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Due to the incident, the nearby University of Texas of the Permian Basin is on lockdown, according to local news outlet Kens5.

A spokesperson for the Midland and Odessa Police Departments did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

The Odessa and Midland shootings come four weeks after the deadly shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart left 22 dead.

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