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At least 21 shot dead, 5 killed in a shooting in West Texas, says an official; the suspect is dead



At least 21 people were shot dead and five were killed Saturday in a series of shootings in the Midland and Odessa area, Texas, an Odessa city official told Fox News.

A suspect identified by local police only as a White man in the mid-1930s was shot and killed in a movie theater in Odessa, local police said.

"It is confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed in Synergy in Odessa. There is no active shooter at this time. All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects," the Midland Police Department said on its Facebook page.

Odessa Spokesman Devin Sanchez tells Fox News that a Texas State trooper is among the victims and shot dead in Interstate 20. [1

9659003] Odessa Mayor David Turner told Fox News that there was a shooter who opened fire in Odessa after a police chase. Earlier, the Midland Police Department said it believed there were two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is alleged to be driving a gold or white small Toyota truck while the other suspect drives a van to the US Postal Service.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has called on the public to avoid I-20 in Odessa, the Midland and the Big Spring. The residents of Midland and Odessa were also urged to stay inside.

President Trump was briefed on the shooting and the White House was monitoring the situation, said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Justice Department spokesman Kerry Kupetz tweeted that Attorney General William Bar was monitoring the situation.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has rejected what he calls a "senseless and timid attack."

"The State of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are working closely with local law enforcement to provide the resources as needed and to ensure justice for this heinous attack," Abbot said in a statement. "Thanks to the first responders who have acted swiftly and delightfully under pressure. I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow Lone Star State to be overcome by hatred and violence. We will unite, as always Texans, to respond to this tragedy. "

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In a video posted to Twitter, police can be seen outside the local business responding to the incident.

The University of Texas in the Perm basin was locked in.

Odessa is about 20 miles southwest of Midland. Both cities are more than 300 miles west of Dallas.

This is a developing story. for updates.


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