7 dead, multiple injured in western Texas; suspect shot, killed: Officials

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(ABC News) — Seven people are dead, one is in “life-threatening” condition and 16 injured after being shot by a suspect who has been killed following tense reports of an active shooter in Odessa, Texas, according to authorities.

Odessa police said multiple people, including three law enforcement officials, were shot by a gunman who at one point hijacked a mail truck and was “shooting at random people.” The suspect has not been identified but was described by Odessa Police as a white male in his mid-30’s.

“The active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa,” the Midland Police Department said.

“There is no active shooter at this time,” Midland police said. “All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects.”

Police said there is no second suspect, but there were two cars used by the shooter – his personal vehicle and then a USPS mail truck.

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.

A total of 13 shooting victims have been treated at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, including one who has died, according to the hospital’s CEO Russell Tippin. He said seven of the shooting victims are in critical condition, including several who have already completed surgeries. Two are in serious condition and two others were treated and released.

Tippin said one of the shooting victims admitted to Medical Center Hospital is a child under the age of two who was transferred to another unnamed facility.

President Donald Trump has been briefed and the White House is monitoring the situation, Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told ABC News.

Vice President Mike Pence offered his support for the victims of the shooting in a press conference and said that the president has directed “full resources of the federal government” to support the investigation.

“The president and I and our administration remain absolutely determined to work with leaders in both parties in the congress to take such steps that we can address and confront this scourge of mass atrocities in our country,” Pence said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued the follow statement regarding the three law enforcement officials who were injured while trying to apprehend the suspect:

Today at approximately 3:13 p.m. (CST), Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold passenger vehicle on Interstate 20 westbound near mile marker 131. Prior to the vehicle coming to a complete stop, the male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit. The patrol unit was occupied by two Troopers, and one was hit by the gunfire. The suspect fled the scene and continued shooting innocent people, including a Midland police officer and an Odessa police officer.

The Trooper is in serious but stable condition, and the two other officers are in stable condition at a local hospital. 

DPS initially provided and will continue to provide resources and support for this incident, including Troopers, Special Agents, Texas Rangers, multiple aircraft and our Major Crime Scene Unit.

This is an ongoing investigation, and no additional information will be released by DPS at this time. For information on victims of this shooting and any other questions, we would refer you to the Odessa Police Department. 

Texas Department of Public Safety

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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