Gunman kills 5 and injures 21 in mass shooting in Texas
Five people have been killed and 21 injured after a shooting near Midland and Odessa in West Texas.
The gunman, who has not yet been named by police investigators, but who was reportedly described as a white male in his 30's, opened fire after being stopped by police on Saturday afternoon while driving. After being chased to a parking lot at an entertainment complex, he was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the Cinergy complex.
Although no details of the dead victims have been released, officials at the Medical Center hospital in Odessa have confirmed, per The Guardian, that one of those injured was a 17-month-old boy. The child had been shot in the face and was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock for urgent emergency triage and treatment.
This is the second mass shooting to occur in the state Texas this month after a gunman killed 22 people and injured 24 at a Walmart in El Paso.
Responding to the tragedy, Texas governor Greg Abbot stated: "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."
Witness Shauna Saxton was driving with her husband and grandson in Odessa when she was almost killed, she told TV station KOSA: "I looked over my shoulder to the left and the gold car pulled up and the man was there and he had a very large gun and it was pointing at me."
She added: "I started honking my horn. I started swerving and we got a little ahead of him and then for whatever reason the cars in front of me kind of parted."