Odessa gunman got sacked hours before going on a shooting spree

Odessa gunman got sacked hours before going on a shooting spree

"There is no active shooter at this time", the police department posted on Facebook. "All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects".

"Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again". Cinergy is a cinema and entertainment chain.

UPDATE (8/31 6:55pm ET): Odessa public information officer Devin Sanchez confirms 5 dead, at least 21 injured.

A 17-month-old girl and three law enforcement officers were among the injured.

The bloodshed between Midland and Odessa began when two state troopers pulled over a auto on Interstate 20 for not using its turn signal and the lone occupant fired at their patrol vehicle with an "AR-type" rifle, or lightweight semi-automatic, wounding one of them.

Authorities have said there are still no answers pointing to a motive for Saturday's chaotic attacks in the cities of Midland and Odessa.


Moving forward will be hard, Turner said "but with strength and a "whatever-it-takes" spirit we will show this community, our state and our nation, what it means to be West Texans".

According to Morales, the shooter was pulled over and "that's when he took off and started shooting randomly".

Texas governor Greg Abbot said in a statement: "I'm heartbroken by the crying of the people of the state of Texas".

The gunman was heading from Midland to Odessa on Interstate 20 when he was stopped at 3:17 pm local time, Gerke said.

Police, motorists and shoppers were all caught up in the chaos that unfolded between the cities of Odessa and Midland during a busy Labour Day holiday weekend.

On Facebook, the department added: "We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles". He drove the mail truck back east, pursued by police, before crashing into a stationary vehicle behind the Odessa Cinergy multiplex complex, where he engaged in a gun battle with police and was shot dead, Gerke said.


In Midland, a second shooter has been reported driving around in a small gold/white Toyota truck. "Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors". At one point of the chase, the gunman switched cars, hijacking a postal van and killing a female mail carrier's driver. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution!

On Sunday, law enforcement were seen searching a home in Odessa believed to be connected to Ator, reports national correspondent David Begnaud.

Hundreds of people gathered at a local university in the Permian Basin region known for its oil industry Sunday evening for a prayer vigil to console each other and grieve the loss of life.

President Donald Trump has not commented on the new gun laws directly, but he said background checks wouldn't have prevented the massacre.

High School students Celeste Lujan, left, and Yasmin Natera mourn their friend, Leila Hernandez, one of the victims of the Saturday shooting in Odessa, Texas, at a memorial service on Sunday.

"I think it is frustrating for all of us in law enforcement that we keep having to do this", he said, referring to ongoing investigations.


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