At least five people were killed and up to 20 others were injured in a series of shootings that included a stolen USPS mail truck in West Texas on Saturday, Aug. 31.
#UPDATE: 5 confirmed dead, 20+ shot in the #Odessa mass shooting, according to @FOX4. The suspect is dead. Multiple officers were shot. This is the second major mass shooting in #Texas this month. https://t.co/xVQIm0WDYS
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) August 31, 2019
Police confirmed one suspect suspect was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa police said and a second shooter, and possibly a third, is still on the loose driving a stolen mail truck.
“We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy [theater] in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors,” police wrote.
The Midland Police Department said it believed that there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is said to drive a small Toyota gold or white truck while the other suspect drives a U.S. Postal Service van.
BREAKING: Large police presence after reports of an active shooter in Odessa, Texas. pic.twitter.com/b5LfVBqV8N
— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) August 31, 2019
Odessa officials told KOSA there were 20 injuries reported in connection with the shooting but did not give further details The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that an officer was among those shot and urged the public to avoid Interstate 20 in Odessa, Midland and Big Spring. Residents of Midland and Odessa were also urged to stay inside.
“There are reports of an active shooter at the Home Depot in Odessa. For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes,” the Odessa Police department posted on Facebook. “We will update with more information as soon as possible.”
“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. Everyone is encouraged 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 department said.
The University of Texas Permian Basin campus has gone into lock-down.
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) August 31, 2019
The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid major highways in the area, including Interstate 20. Odessa is about 20 miles southwest of Midland. Both are more than 300 miles west of Dallas.
President Trump has been briefed on the shooting, sharing on his fan page, “Just briefed by Attorney General Barr about the shootings in Texas. FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged. More to follow.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Odessa shooting: “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.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Odessa shooting: “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.” https://t.co/3ndeq3BDCi pic.twitter.com/upgyaXJwTM
— ABC News (@ABC) August 31, 2019
Includes reporting from the Associated Press