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Video from Odessa and Midland shows police shootout

Harrowing eyewitness video from near Odessa and Midland, Texas, appears to show a shootout with police during a mass shooting Saturday.

At least 7 people were killed and 21 injured when a routine traffic stop turned into a deadly shooting rampage, police in Texas say.

The incident began at 3:13 p.m. CDT when an assailant pulled over by a pair of state troopers on Interstate 20 began firing through the rear window, wounding one, then sped off. At one point, the shooter was in a U.S. Postal Service truck, police said.

The gunman allegedly shot at other motorists and passers-by before being chased by police and killed outside a movie theater, authorities said. 

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The eyewitness video, taken by Alex Woods, appears to show the scene outside the theater from across a field. “There’s a shooting going on in Odessa, Texas,” a man in the bed of a pickup truck says before what sounds like gunshots are heard behind him.

“Oh god, they’re shooting right there,” he says as he turns the camera toward the building. The man says a police officer’s car hit a barrier and more shots are heard. The man tells people near him to get down and stand still.

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The shooting continues and more police cars arrive. At one point he says “He’s shooting them. Oh, he killed him,” but it wasn’t clear from the video who was firing.

Woods told CNN that he arrived about five minutes before the shooting began. A heavy police presence was near the theater, but there were other people walking in the field behind the theater, he said.

“Next thing you know, this gunfire is going off. It just all happened so quickly,” he told the network. “A very surreal moment. I never thought it would happen in my life.” 

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