Besides five people shot dead in a mass shooting in Odessa on Saturday, Aug. 31, at least seven victims among 21 injured are in critical condition, a hospital official said.
Russell Tippin, CEO of Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, said the hospital has been treating for 13 shooting victims, including one who has died. It is not clear if the deceased person is among the five dead previously cited by law enforcement authorities.
The Associated Press citing Tippin said seven of the shooting victims are listed in critical condition, though several have already completed surgeries, and two others are in serious condition.
An injured child, under the age of 2, was transferred to another facility and two others were treated and released.
Tippin said social workers and professional counselors were at the hospital to provide support to the families of the shooting victims and the hospital has been locked down for the safety of the staff and patients.
According to an announcement from Odessa Police Department, the shooting began at 3:25 p.m. Saturday when state troopers tried to pull over a vehicle along I-20 at mile marker 131. The driver had a rifle and opened fire on the trooper through the rear window of his car, before fleeing westbound on the interstate.
The suspect proceeded on a shooting spree in the city of Odessa and stole a mail carrier truck. He continued shooting at innocent civilians all over Odessa before making his way to Cinergy on Highway 191.
The driver then shot an Odessa police officer, along with a Midland police officer before he was shot dead by law enforcement.
Police initially reported possible multiple shooters, but Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke later confirmed there was only one male suspect in his 30s.
The West Texas shooting on Saturday brings the number of mass killings in the United States so far this year to 25, which is as many as in all of 2018, a database by AP/USA TODAY/Northeastern University shows.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press