Shooting in Western Texas leaves multiple people dead, more than 20 injured

MIDLAND, Texas — A shooting situation in the area between the cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas, was confirmed by Devin Sanchez, a spokesman for the City of Odessa, on Aug. 31

As of 4:45 p.m. CT, there were 10 confirmed injuries, possibly up to 20 injured, Sanchez said. There is one person confirmed dead, he said. One of those shot is a law enforcement officer, but it is unclear if the officer is injured or dead, Sanchez said.

As of 6:30 p.m. CT, that number was updated to 5 dead and 21 injured. A suspect was killed in a shootout with police.

Sanchez said there was a person in a gold Toyota driving around shopping centers and shooting people from his vehicle. The area is near 32nd and 191, on the east side of Odessa.

Midland Police Department put on their Facebook page, “We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors.”

Sanchez said authorities urged people to stay indoors.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is made available.

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