Active Shooter Midland and Odessa
CBS News reports 10 people were shot in Midland and 20 people were shot in Odessa. Police in Midland said the suspect was arrested at the Cinergy, a movie theater near I-20.
BREAKING: Police say that multiple people have been shot in the Odessa-Midland, Texas, area, by at least one shooter. People in the area are urged to stay indoors. pic.twitter.com/rOB9lzjqmI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 31, 2019
Earlier Saturday, the Texas Department of Public Safety was urging the public to avoid I-20 in Odessa, Midland and Big Spring as authorities searched for two active shooters who shot several people, including a state police officer.
Police in Texas said on Saturday two gunmen were at large after a shooting, which one department said was at a branch of the Home Depot hardware store in Odessa, left “multiple gunshot victims”.
Falcons: law enforcement in Midland and Odessa are working to locate and contain a shooter. Please stay in your dorm or office and do not open your doors. There were initial reports that the suspect was in east odessa. We will post here as soon as the situation is under control
— UT Permian Basin (@utpb) August 31, 2019
Odessa police said a suspect “hijacked a US mail carrier truck” and added: “Subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims.”
Local and national media reported the Texas Department of Public Safety said several people including an officer had been shot. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin was on lockdown.
Odessa police said: “The suspect just hijacked a US 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.”
UPDATE: The City of Midland tells CBS7 that a suspect has been taken into custody at the Cinergy of Midland.
Our reporter at the scene says that people are walking out of the theater and heading to their cars. https://t.co/MvA8SZt5cw
— CBS7 (@CBS7News) August 31, 2019
In a first post on its own Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, the Midland police department noted reports of “an active shooter” at the Home Depot in Odessa and advised people to stay off the roads.
In an update, the department posted: “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 Cinergy in Midland is a multiplex cinema. Midland and Odessa are in the western part of Texas, about 20 miles apart.
The Midland police statement added: “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.”
The White House said Donald Trump had been briefed. The president, who was monitoring the approach of Hurricane Dorian on Saturday, flew to his golf club in Virginia earlier, from the Maryland retreat at Camp David.
The former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, a candidate for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump, said on Twitter: “Heartbreaking news out of Odessa and Midland, Texas as police search for an active shooter at-large. Stay indoors and monitor news alerts and safety protocols.”
— Stacy Rickard (@stacyrickardTV) August 31, 2019
Suspect Arrested MASS SHOOTING in Midland & Odessa
MASS SHOOTING: 1 suspect in custody but his identity not released by police department and 2 reported shooters terrorize cities of Midland & Odessa, Texas; CBS reports at least 30 victims
Police ask the public to “get off roadways & stay inside
MASS SHOOTING: 1 suspect in custody after 2 reported shooters terrorize cities of Midland & Odessa, Texas; CBS reports at least 30 victims
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 31, 2019
MIDLAND/ODESSA, Tx Shooting Update
MIDLAND/ODESSA, Tx. (KOSA) — UPDATE: The Midland Police Department says that an active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa.
The department says that there is no active shooter at this time.
The gunman, who has yet to be named, went on a rampage throughout the Texas communities after a traffic stop, shooting 21 people and killing 5 of them. GoFundMe pages have also been set up to help the families of Mary Granados, Leila Hernandez, a teenage girl killed in the shooting spree, and Anderson Davis, a 17-month-old girl who was wounded but survived. Authorities have yet to officially identify the victims. They say that three law enforcement officers were wounded. Other accounts have given the officer’s name as Zac or Zach Owens, but the GoFundMe page uses the spelling Zack and online records give his name as Zackary Owens.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Law enforcement says there are multiple gunshot victims in an active shooter incident in west Texas.
- Police say a suspect hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and is driving around Odessa shooting at random people.