5 dead, 21 injured in West Texas shooting

5 dead, 21 injured in West Texas shooting

Police say a man hijacked a postal truck and began randomly shooting people in the Midland and Odessa areas of Texas on Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring 21 others Have become.

Where are the victims?

At least five people are dead and 21 are injured, according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke. Three officers are among the injured, including one Midland police officer, one Odessa police officer and one Texas Department of Public Safety officer.

Thirteen of the victims were taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa according to hospital CEO Russell Tippin.

Seven victims are in critical condition, two are in serious condition, and one person has died, Tippin said. Two people were treated and released.

It was unclear if the victim who died was among the five dead that Gerke reported.

A 17-month-old baby girl initially taken to Medical Center Hospital was transported to UMC Health System in Lubbock, Texas, about 140 miles away. The hospital confirmed the child was in “satisfactory” condition Saturday night.

What happened?

The incident began Saturday afternoon when Texas Department of Public Safety officers attempted to make a traffic stop, according to a statement on the DPS Facebook page. The suspect, who was driving a gold car, “pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit,” according to the DPS post.

The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are working closely with local law enforcement to provide resources as needed and deliver justice for this heinous attack,” the governor said in a statement.

Was there one gunman or two?

Online and police reports from earlier in the day reported that two shooters were traveling in two separate vehicles: One in a small Toyota truck and the other in a USPS postal van, but this information proved incorrect.

Authorities now believe there was only one gunman, and that he was shot and killed by police.

“Once this individual was taken out of the picture, there have been no more victims,” Gerke said.

CBS7 twice had its news anchors clear the set as police officers came through the mall with guns drawn. Later, the anchors said they had to leave the mall entirely, but they continued broadcasting via wireless microphones.

“For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes,” the Midland Police Department said on Twitter.

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