Seven people were killed and at least 19 others injured when a gunman went on a rampage near Odessa in Western Texas on Saturday before he was shot to death in a gunfight with police, according to authorities.
The gunman allegedly launched the massacre after getting pulled over by police for a minor traffic violation, officials said.
The victims who were wounded included three police officers and a 17-month-old child, officials said. The officer stopped a gold Honda with a traffic violation, according to police. It was not clear what led to the traffic stop.
That’s when the suspect fled along I-20 toward Odessa, and kept shooting at people in multiple locations, authorities said.
Along the way, the suspect ditched his car and allegedly stole a mail truck, police said. He then continued shooting.
The suspect, described by authorities as a white man in his 30s, was shot and killed by responding officers, police said.
The Department of Public Safety officer’s injuries were non-life-threatening, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales told CNN.
Midland Memorial Hospital has received six patients, three of whom are in critical condition, hospital officials said. The other three patients are in stable condition.
Two were treated and released, he told reporters. One of the victims was a child younger than 2 years old, he said.
One of the shooting victims taken to the hospital died, Tippin said.
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