- Title: Death toll from West Texas shooting rises to seven, 22 wounded
- Date: 1st September 2019
- Summary: ODESSA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FIRE RESCUE AND POLICE GATHERED AT ONE OF THE CORDONED-OFF LOCATIONS WHERE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ONGOING POLICE CORDONED PARKING LOT
- Embargoed: 15th September 2019 19:39
- Keywords: Texas shooting Odessa investigation police mass shooting
- Location: ODESSA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- City: ODESSA, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA002AUTU347
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The death toll in Saturday's gun rampage in West Texas rose to seven on Sunday (September 1) with 22 people wounded, police said after the second mass shooting to rock the state in less than a month.
Police had earlier said five people, including the gunman, were killed in the shooting that began with a traffic stop and ended when the suspect was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex in Odessa, Texas.
Authorities have not identified the victims or the gunman, but said on Saturday that he was a white male in his 30s who was known to police.
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said seven victims were killed and 22 people wounded, and he offered his condolences to their families.
Gerke said he those killed were aged 15 to 57, and that he would not be naming the gunman yet.
"There are no definitive answers as to motive or reasons at this point, but we are fairly certain that the subject did act alone," Gerke said.
Among the wounded was a 17-month-old girl, Anderson Davis, who was shot in the face, according to officials and an online fundraising campaign set up by her family.
Three police officers were shot and wounded - one from Midland, one from Odessa and a Department of Public Safety state trooper - and were listed in stable condition.
The rampage came after a gunman killed 22 people in another Saturday shooting on Aug. 3 at a Walmart store about 255 miles (410 km) west of Midland in the city of El Paso, Texas.
This weekend's bloodshed between the cities of Midland and Odessa began on Saturday afternoon when two state troopers pulled over a car on Interstate 20 and the lone occupant fired at their patrol vehicle with a rifle, wounding one of them.
After fleeing, 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.
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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