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Death Toll In Texas Shooting Hits 7, More In Critical Condition

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.

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The active shooter in Odessa, Texas who shot at least 20 people and killed at least one, has been shot and killed.

“Midland PD: It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa. There is not active shooter at this time. All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects,” NBC News reporter Susan Kroll said.

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CNN has reported that another shooter could be at large and one of the victims is a 17-month-old baby.

An active shooter has shot at least 20 people in Odessa, Texas and there is one person reported dead in the preliminary reports.

The shooting happened when two vehicles opened fire, seemingly at random, one strangers, CNBC reported.

Police say a suspect hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and is driving around Odessa shooting at random people. The suspect was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut.

The Midland Police Department said in a Facebook post there may be two shooters in two separate vehicles.

“A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims.

“The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut,” police said on Facebook.

“All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available,” it said.

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