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5 Killed in Mass Shooting in Midland/Odessa: 21 Injured, Including Police

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According to Midland Police, the suspect in a tragic mass shooting in the West Texas towns of Midland and Odessa is now dead. Five people have been killed, and 21 are injured. The horrifying mass shooting ended when the suspect was shot and killed in Odessa, dying at an entertainment venue called Cinergy. The suspect in the mass shooting was driving a hijacked USPS vehicle, according to reports. Among the injured are a Midland police officer, an Odessa police officer, and a DPS trooper. The shooter apparently fired from a hijacked postal carrier vehicle at victims in shopping centers.

At first, police indicated there were a pair of shooters using two vehicles, but authorities are now saying there is no longer an active shooter. The other vehicle was initially reported by Midland police to be a “small gold/white Toyota truck,” with a suspect thought at the time to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. “We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles,” Midland PD tweeted during the initial confusion surrounding the shootings. Police are now saying there was only a single shooter.

5 Killed in Mass Shooting in Midland/Odessa: 21 Injured, Including Police

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According to cbsaustin.com, police now claim the lone suspect is a white male in his 30s. One shooting reportedly occurred at a Home Depot in Odessa.

The University of Texas at Permian Basin has gone on a lockdown. Midland Memorial Hospital is also on lockdown, and some of those injured in the attack are reportedly being treated there. The school told students and staff to lock dorms and offices and stay inside. The terrifying events have shaken Midland/Odessa, and our hearts go out to these two West Texas communities.

FBI agents are assisting with the situation, according to reports. The Midland FBI office serves as a satellite office of the bureau’s El Paso division. This West Texas shooting comes just weeks after the tragic El Paso Walmart shooting, which resulted in 22 deaths. El Paso is located 285 miles from Odessa.