5 dead, 21 wounded in Midland | News Coverage from USA

5 dead, 21 wounded in Midland

At least five people have been killed and 21 injured in Midland, Texas, shot by a man who has been killed by police, according to a press conference with Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.

The shooter was described by local authorities as a white male in his mid-30s. The incident started with a traffic violation. The driver opened fire on the officer and fled the scene.

The incident began at 2 pm. CST and led to a chase, but it remains unclear where most of the other shootings took place or when the shooter changed cars and got into a USPS truck.

The shooting comes not long after two other mass casualty event in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. No motive has been given for the Midland-Odessa shooting.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that he would be traveling to the area on Sunday. 

“I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence,” said Abbott.

Civilian video broadcast by local TV station CBS7 showed a white USPS van, allegedly hijacked by the suspect at some point in his rampage, crashing into a series of police cars set up to block his progress. The van stops, and officers quickly approach the van with guns drawn.

Just a few weeks ago, CBS7, which operates in the Music City Mall in Odessa, and the Music City Mall together hosted a blood drive to help victims of the mass shooting in El Paso. 

Three officers were listed among the injured, including one Midland police officer, one Odessa police officer and one Texas Department of Public Safety officer.

Russell Tippin, CEO of Medical Health Systems hospital, said 14 shooting victims were being cared for at the facility. He declined to give their ages. “If you hear my voice, you need to hug your families,” he said during a press conference in front of the hospital, which remains on lock down.

Earlier in the day, online and police reports from the Midland and Odessa area of north-central Texas 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.

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.

According to the Associated Press, the White House has been briefed on the situation.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks such incidents, there have been 280 mass shootings in 2019, as defined by there being four or more people killed excluding the perpetrators.

To date, including this shooting, 602 people have died in mass shootings in 2019 and 2,356 have been injured.

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