Texas police: suspect 'shot and killed' after shooting leaves 'multiple victims'


According to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke, at approximately 3:17 p.m. local time, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer stopped a vehicle outside Odessa, Texas.

The AP states one of the shooters hijacked a mail truck in Odessa and started shooting people at random.

The Odessa Police Department said, "A subject (possibly two) is now driving around Odessa shooting at random people".

Police say the suspect killed after a West Texas shooting spree was a white male in his 30s.

At least five people were killed and 21 others were injured Saturday in a mass shooting in western Texas, officials said. Those numbers later were updated, when officials confirmed the deaths of seven people plus the suspect.

Police initially reported that there could be more than one gunman, but Mr Gerke said authorities now believed it was only one. Earlier reports in the chaos of the scene indicated possibly two shooters traveling in separate vehicles.

Police say the shooting began with a traffic spot that spiraled out of control.

"They were shooting at random", said Jerry Morales, mayor of Midland.

Medical Center Health System President and CEO Russell Tippin said 13 patients were transported to Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.

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The shooting comes just weeks after a gunman in the Texas border city of El Paso opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people.

"FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged", Trump said.

There's no word on the condition of any of the victims or that of the postal worker who was using the USPS van when it was taken.

According to the Associated Press, Saturday's attack was the 25th mass shooting in the USA this year. More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: "We need to end this epidemic", he tweeted.

The gunman who went on a rampage in West Texas Saturday, killing seven people, has now been identified. The mail truck was last seen in Odessa, Texas, near 38th and Walnut Streets.

The El Paso shooting happened just hours before a gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people.

In that case, officers arrested Patrick Crusius, 21, a white Texan, who told police that he was targeting "Mexicans", according to an arrest warrant published by U.S. media.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid major highways in the area, including Interstate 20.