21 injured and five killed in mass shooting in Texas 3 years ago

21 injured and five killed in mass shooting in Texas

One of the wounded victims is a 17-month-old baby girl.

The latest report indicates there were 21 injured and five people killed in a mass shooting in the Texas cities of Odessa and Midland, on Friday afternoon (local time).


This shooting marks the second mass shooting in Texas this month, and fourth in the state in the last two years.

Local police confirmed that the shooter, a white man in his mid-30s, was killed by officers in a movie theater in Odessa.

Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke told Time that "the incident began when the suspect was pulled over for a traffic stop by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper about 3:15 p.m. (local time). The suspect shot the trooper and fled."

More information about the suspect is to be released on Sunday, but the latest report from the FBI indicates that they do not yet know who he is:


During the shooting, the gunman reportedly switched vehicles, hijacking a Postal Service mail van, which then led local officers to believe that there was more than one active gunman.

Local businesses and hospitals went into lockdown until police confirmed that the gunman had been killed.


In the aftermath of the shooting, many public figures have issued another call for gun control:


A local woman and friend-of-the-family has started an online fundraiser for the 17-month-old girl who was wounded, stating that "She is being flown to Lubbock while we drive. Not getting to fly with her is beyond painful. Anderson is 17months old, has shrapnel in her right chest, which thank God is superficial. She has a hole through her bottom lip and tongue and her front teeth were knocked out. She is alive.