Police in Odessa, Texas, say a gunman armed with an AR-15 style rifle killed seven people and injured 22 others in a shooting rampage that began after a routine traffic stop on Saturday afternoon. Police say the shooter acted alone in the shooting. He has a criminal record that includes evading police.
Police are calling the incident a “mobile mass shooting” and say the 36-year-old white male shooter went on a rampage after he shot a DPS trooper. He drove to 15 separate crime scenes before his arrival at the Cinergy movie theater. Police shot and killed the man after he crashed into a police vehicle and shot a Midland police officer and an Odessa police officer. Some of the shooting locations include a Home Depot, a Freedom Buick-GMC dealership, and a Twin Peaks restaurant.
Seven people were killed and 22 injured, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke told reporters at a Sunday press conference, which included Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
A frightening video posted on Facebook shows what appears to be family members and others desperately trying to protect themselves during Saturday’s deadly shooting rampage in West Texas.
The video, which lasts less than a minute, is posted under the name Antonio Orozco Garcia. It is titled “Dios mio por favor protegenos” (“My God, please protect us”).
The location appeared to be an empty lot near the Odessa, Texas, movie theater where police ultimately killed the suspect, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“It’s OK, it’s OK. You’re going to be OK,” the man tries to reassure the group. He then shouts to individuals, asking if they are OK.
No one in the video appears to have gotten injured but the video ends abruptly.