Texas was once again home to a mass shooting today. The shooting took place in West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa and ended with five people killed, while another 21 were left injured. This comes less than a month after the El Paso shooting, where a gunman killed 22 people. This has brought a renewed wave of cries for gun control.
Gunman hijacks Postal Truck; Open Fires
The police have identified the suspect as a white man in his mid-30s. They have not named the suspect yet or announced if they have recovered any reasons behind his rampage. He hijacked a US Postal truck, and then open fired at random on the people. “We have at least 21 victims, 21 shooting victims and at least five deceased at this point in time,” Odessa city Police Chief Michael Gerke told reporters.
Three police officers were also injured in the shooting. The Texas Department of Public Safety also reports that earlier they had tried to pull over a passenger vehicle on Interstate 20. However, the male driver pointed and fired several shots from a rifle, through the rear window. One of the troopers was left injured; while the suspect fled the scene and went on to shoot other innocents at random. Some shots were also fired on the highway, leaving some cars with bullet holes.
Some of the shots were fired on the highway linking the cities of Odessa and Midland, where cars were left with bullet holes.
Did The Police Catch The Shooter?
Police said the suspect was killed during an exchange of fire between the two at a movie theater in Odessa. A witness near the movie theater said, “I could see a bunch of gunfire going off. And I could see the officer walking up to the mail van and discharging his weapon into it. And I believe that was when the shooter was killed.”
Calls For Gun Control Echoing Again
The shooting has once again intensified calls for gun control to curb such shooting incidents. Just last month Patrick Crusius went on a shooting spree in a Walmart in El Paso, killing 22 people. “We need to end this epidemic,” tweeted former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.