ODESSA, TEXAS — Authorities responded to a reported active shooting suspect in West Texas Saturday afternoon and five victims were killed, police say.
The suspected shooter, a man in his mid-thirties, was shot and killed, Midland police report.
At least five victims are dead and 22 shooting victims are injured, police say.
One of the people shot is a law enforcement officer, who is in surgery, and another is a DPS trooper, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales said.
CNN also reports that one of the victims is a 17-month-old child.
The suspect was driving one vehicle and at one point ditched it, taking over a United States Postal Service mail truck, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said.
Morales said a Department of Public Safety officer pulled over a vehicle on an interstate highway Saturday.
“That’s when he shot the officer and then took off and started shooting randomly,” Morales said. “Everything happened after that.”
Law enforcement officers “trapped him in the parking lot of the Cinergy theater, and that’s when they were able to engage him,” Morales said.
Earlier in the day, authorities said they were looking for two possible shooters in two separate vehicles: a gold, small Toyota truck and a US Postal Service van.
Odessa and Midland are roughly 20 miles apart.
Greg Abbot, the Governor of Texas, released a statement on the shooting Saturday, saying: “The first lady and I are heartbroken over this senseless and cowardly attack, and we offer our unwavering support to the victims, their families, and all the people of Midland and Odessa.”
Statement on shooting in Odessa, Texas: pic.twitter.com/3QV5LriVzi
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) August 31, 2019