Texas police hunting for two possible gunmen as 20 injured in shooting

Monday, 02 Sep, 2019

There, police confronted him in a movie theater parking lot and killed him in a shootout.

On Aug. 4, 22 people died and dozens more were injured at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart filled with weekend shoppers, including parents and children buying back-to-school items.

The suspect is a white male in his 30s, Gerke said He added that the incident began at a traffic stop.

The chaotic afternoon started at 3:13 p.m. local time.

Police in Midland said officers are looking for two shooters in two separate vehicles, a gold, small Toyota truck and a US Postal Service van.

Authorities also said that the gunman used an assault rifle-type weapon in the attack, but said how Ator weapon was obtained is still under investigation.

There were initial reports of a second shooter, but there has been no confirmation of one, Chief Gerke said. Police said there are "multiple gunshot victims" in West Texas after reports of gunfire on Saturday in the area of Midland and Odessa. Seven people were in critical condition, two in serious condition and two were treated and released, he said.

The suspect, 24-year-old Connor Betts, was shot dead by police at the scene. "It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa".

A spokesman for the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa said it took in 14 victims, but that it was too soon to give details. Police later confirmed both vehicles were used by the same person.

"I do not know anything about the person or the motive", Mr Morales said. Screaming theatre goers ran from the complex. During the confusing moments of the pursuit, authorities thought there might be two shooters firing from two vehicles. "It just all happened so quickly". He said a little girl was bleeding, but she hadn't been shot, and that he later found out she was grazed in the face. "It went through the door of the vehicle and shot him right in his side. his wife was just covered in blood".

The shooting follows weeks after a the shocking El Paso shooting, which was the most deadly mass shooting in Texas' state history.

The investigation into another mass shooting in Texas is unfolding as a number of looser gun laws in the state took effect Sunday.

After the shooting Saturday, Democratic presidential candidates issued statements calling for gun reform. Odessa is about 32 kilometres southwest of Midland.

"We need to end this epidemic", O'Rourke tweeted on Saturday.

Gerke said there were at least 21 civilian shooting victims. "We have to be more honest with ourselves".

US President Donald Trump said he had been briefed on the shooting and added that Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies were "fully engaged".