US: 5 killed, 30 injured after gunman opens fire in Odessa and Midland Texas
Five people were killed and at least 30 injured during a mass shooting in Texas tonight.
Local police said that terrified locals have been shot in the city of Odessa and neighboring Midland.
The Odessa Police Department said Saturday afternoon that it was looking for at least one suspect who was “driving around Odessa shooting at random people.” That suspect had apparently hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck.
Midland police confirm that one active shooter was shot and eliminated.
Police said that two, or possibly three, shooters in two separate vehicles – a small Toyota truck and a hijacked Postal van – are carrying out the attack.
UMC has confirmed a 17-month-old is on the way to hospital after being shot in the face.
Midland Mayor Jerry Morales said the attack started shortly after 4pm local time on Interstate 20 and Highway 191, which connects Midland to Odessa.
He said: “They are shooting at random. We have two fatalities and up to 20 injuries.”
One of the suspects is reportedly at a Home Depot in Odessa while another is believed to be at a Cinergy cinema in Midland.
According to CBS News, a Texas state trooper is among those who have been shot. His condition is unknown.
The shooting was “planned by a group”, police sources told News West 9.
Police have told people to stay in their homes.
Midland and Odessa are in West Texas, about 20 miles apart. The University of Texas Permian Basin campus has gone into lockdown.