*UPDATE- One suspect was shot and killed. Several officers wounded. It is unclear if there is another suspect on the loose as originally reported. 5 people are dead according to reports.
TEXAS – Dozens of people have been wounded by a shooter who has opened fire in Odessa, Texas, city officials told local outlets Saturday, while a second shooter was believed to be on the loose in nearby Midland.
Odessa officials told KOSA that 20 injuries in connection with the shooting, but authorities have not confirmed how many people injuries. The public is being urged to avoid Interstate 20, Fox News reports.
One suspect is said to be driving a gold vehicle from Odessa to Midland and is armed with a rifle, NewsWest9 said. A second suspect is believed to be driving a U.S. Postal Service van.
“There are reports of an active shooter at the Home Depot in Odessa. For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes. We will update will more information as soon as possible,” Midland Police Department said on its Facebook page just before 5 p.m. ET.
Update * We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors.
BREAKING: CBS News reports that a Texas state trooper has also been shot. Condition unknown. https://t.co/dpFtcHEg3r
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 31, 2019
In a video clip posted to Twitter, police can be seen outside a local business responding to the incident.
BREAKING: Large police presence after reports of an active shooter in Odessa, Texas. pic.twitter.com/b5LfVBqV8N
— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) August 31, 2019
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin was on lockdown.
The city and police are urging residents to stay inside.
The shooter has been described as a white male in his mid 30’s.
It is unclear if the 2 incidents are connected.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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