West Texas Shooting Leaves at Least 5 Dead, Including Suspect

By Faye Higbee

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.

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.

Screenshot of police at the Cinergy theater complex where the shooter was killed. Video via KOSA TV.

Featured photo: one of the vehicles shot by the suspect- note the bullet holes in the passenger window. Screenshot via Twitter.


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