Governor Greg Abbott has released this statement:
“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.”
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Police say there are “multiple gunshot victims” in West Texas after reports of two suspects opening fire in the area of Midland and Odessa.
Police in Odessa, say one or possibly two suspects hijacked U.S. Postal Service the postal vehicle and was firing at random, hitting multiple people. “At this time there are multiple gunshot victims,” Odessa police said in a posting on Facebook.
The Midland, Texas, Police Department said Saturday that another suspects was believed to be driving a gold-colored vehicle and has a rifle.
The University of Texas Permian Basin campus has gone into lock-down.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid major highways in the area, including Interstate 20. Odessa is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Midland. Both are more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) west of Dallas.
This version of the story corrects that both cities are in West Texas, not central.
The Odessa Police Department released this information on their Facebook page:
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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. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution! All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
This is a developing story, so stay with us for any further developments as they come in and watch WVLA NBC 33 at 6 p.m. for the latest updates.