Death Toll From West Texas Shooting Rises to Seven: Reports

People are evacuated from Cinergy Odessa cinema following a shooting in Odessa, Texas, U.S. in this still image taken from a social media video August 31, 2019. Rick Lobo via REUTERS

The death toll in Saturday’s gun rampage in West Texas rose to seven on Sunday, local media reported, and police said they would hold a news conference later in the day.

Police had earlier said five people, including the gunman, were killed in the mass shooting that began with a traffic stop and ended when the shooter was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex in Odessa, Texas.

Authorities have not named the victims or the gunman, but said on Saturday that he was a white male in his 30s who was known to police. Twenty-one people were wounded.

The rampage between the cities of Midland and Odessa started on Saturday afternoon when state troopers pulled over a car on Interstate 20 and the lone occupant fired at their patrol vehicle with a rifle, wounding one of the troopers.

After fleeing the scene, the suspect hijacked a postal van and opened fire on police officers, motorists and shoppers on a busy Labor Day holiday weekend before being shot dead outside the Cinergy cinema complex in Odessa, police said.

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at a news conference on Saturday that the suspect was known to him, but he declined to comment on a motive for the shootings.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington and Keith Coffman in Denver; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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  1. I am confused.

    Just hours after this shooting, these bills to make it easier to have a gun in more places were passed:

    House Bill 1143: Weapons on school grounds
    House Bill 1387: Marshals at schools
    House Bill 2363: Guns in foster homes
    House Bill 302: Weapons in apartments
    House Bill 1177: Handguns during a disaster
    Senate Bill 535: Firearms in places of worship

    increasing the spread of guns and increasing the chances of them being used against more innocents.

    Not one of those bills deals with the main cause of all of these mass shootings – the ease with which nearly anyone can get nearly any gun their heart desires, to do whatever they want with it.

    Smart…

    According to a Feb. 2019 Reuters/Ipsos poll, 69 percent of Americans, including 85 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Republicans, want strong or moderate restrictions placed on firearms. To stop gun violence, 55 percent said they wanted policies that make it tougher to own guns, while 10 percent said making firearm worship, I mean gun ownership easier would be better. I am sure that we will hear much idiocy from the 10% in this comment section.

  2. The fact that the details of this shooting are so slow coming forth suggest to me that this is yet another shooter who doesn’t fit the narrative of Liberals. The fact that he was known by the police suggest he was a member of that revolving justice system created by liberal judges, defense attorneys and politicians and never should have been on the streets in the first place let alone in possession of a firearm. Rest assured though to liberal he is the reason you shouldn’t own one.

    1. So you are basing your claim on the speed of the release being all the Texan law enforcement Gov. Abbott not wanting to reveal that “another shooter doesn’t fit the narrative of Liberals.” Apparently you are thinking all the county judges, defense attorneys & politicians in Texas are all Liberals too. Have you and your up votes given much THOUGHT to your theory? Odessa & Midland are in TEXAS, not California! Have you considered that the good guys with guns were not able to stop him until 29 people were shot? It does not appear 7 of them that died will provide more “angel moms”? He’s not African American so you can’t shout “Blue Lives Matter.” He does not appear to be Muslim, so it can’t be blamed on Obama for not saying “radical Islamic terrorism.” Sorry, but as a review of mass shooters indicates, he was another angry White guy with a gun to add to the ever growing list that does not appear to be ending anytime soon. But I find it perplexing that you are in favor of taking away the guns of those with a criminal record, BUT ONLY AFTER they commit the mass shooting.

    1. 8 minutes after you posted your comment, Charles decided to get out front of that and blame the shooting on Liberal county judges, defense attorneys, and politicians in TEXAS.

  3. Well, on the bright side, the wife of one of the injured officers started a GoFundMe to help cover his medical expenses and has hit $47k already.

    If that officer who was shot multiple times while stopping that crazed monster was conscious and able to make sure that all of the doctors who treated him in the ER were in his healthcare network before they started taking the bullets out and patching him up, maybe it will just cost him the co-pay and deductible. If not, there’s always bankruptcy to fall back on after he’s done with his physical therapy. Having their credit destroyed will be the least of his family’s worries while he’s rehabilitating after sacrificing so much to help keep the rest of us safe.

    Maybe the coward cop who didn’t go into the school to stop the shooter in Florida was on the phone with his health insurance company to clarify his coverage before facing probable injury…

    I don’t know if anyone else sees the absurdity of this situation. A for-profit healthcare system that cannot waive the treatment of an officer who was injured protecting us from a mass-shooter is a disgrace. It’s all about taking care of the shareholders.

  4. May those lost rest peacefully in love’s embrace. I wish the survivors the best of success on the long journey ahead.

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