Five dead, at least 21 injured in Texas active shooter situation


In this image made from video provided by Dustin Fawcett, police officers guard on a street in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Police said there are “multiple gunshot victims” in West Texas after reports of two suspects opening fire on Saturday in the area of Midland and Odessa. (Dustin Fawcett via AP)

AUSTIN, TX– Five are dead following a shooting in Odessa. One of the suspects is dead, but no confirmation of the second shooter.

Midland Police confirmed at least one of the suspects was shot and killed at Cinergy, a movie theater with other arcade type games.

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said three law enforcement officers were injured and at least 21 civilians were shot.

Russell Tippin, CEO of Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, says 14 shooting victims are being treated at the hospital, but he did not give their conditions or other information about the victims.

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott released a statement following the incident.

“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,” said Governor Abbott. “The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are working closely with local law enforcement to provide resources as needed and deliver justice for this heinous attack. I thank the first responders who have acted swiftly and admirably under pressure, and I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence. We will unite, as Texans always do, to respond to this tragedy.”

Vice President Mike Pence was briefed on the situation. He sent his regards to all victims and their families.

“Our hearts go out to all the victims, families who had loved ones lose their lives. We commend law enforcement in Odessa for their swift and courageous response. At the President’s direction we deployed full resources of federal government,” Vice President Pence said.

Abbott will be traveling to Odessa Sunday morning.

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