A mass shooting has been reported in Midland and Odessa involving two suspects in separate vehicles shooting at people randomly; at least 30 injuries have been reported, according to CBS 7 in Midland. The station says a suspect was shot and killed at Cinergy Cinemas in Odessa.
“It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa,” the Midland Police Department posted to Facebook. “There is no active shooter at this time. All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects.”
Two people were killed and up to 20 others were injured in shootings in Midland, Mayor Jerry Morales told the New York Times.
City officials previously told the TV station that one shooter was in a small Toyota truck and the other is in a U.S. Postal Service van. The Department of Public Safety has advised the public to avoid Interstate 20 in Midland, Odessa and Big Spring and remain indoors.
A Texas Department of Public Safety official told MSNBC that all shootings, or reports of shootings, took place outside of buildings. According to officials, the shooting started in Midland and then proceeded to Odessa.
Midland officials said one of the suspects shot a state trooper on the westbound lanes of I-20, then shot several people afterward.
Prior to the suspect’s death, Midland police posted a warning on the department’s Facebook page: “A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people.
At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution! All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.”
In a tweet, state Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, encouraged his constituents to stay in their homes until the situation was resolved.
“The tragic situation unfolding in Odessa is serious,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with DPS officials, the Speaker and the Governor, and we are working to help in any way possible. In the meantime, please pray for the victims.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that he will be traveling to Odessa on Sunday.
“The First Lady and I are heartbroken over this senseless and cowardly attack, and we offer our unwavering support to the victims, their families, and all the people of Midland and Odessa,” Abbott said. “I thank the first responders who have acted swiftly and admirably under pressure, and I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence. We will unite, as Texans always do, to respond to this tragedy.”
“Heartbreaking news out of Odessa and Midland, Texas as police search for an active shooter at-large,” Castro tweeted. “Stay indoors and monitor news alerts and safety protocols.”
“Our hearts are with Midland, Odessa, and everyone in West Texas who has to endure this again,” O’Rourke said. “More information is forthcoming, but here’s what we know: We need to end this epidemic.”
News of the West Texas shooting comes exactly four weeks after a deadly shooting at an El Paso Walmart that left 22 dead and more than two dozen wounded. The gunman in that shooting was arrested and charged with capital murder.