UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A gunman shot indiscriminately from an AR rifle in the western Texas cities of Odessa and Midland, killing seven people and wounding 22 others, including a baby, before being shot dead by police, authorities said on Sunday.
Police said the second mass shooting in Texas in four weeks began on Saturday afternoon by stopping the gunman on a highway and ending with officers besieging him in a parking lot at a cinema complex in Odessa.
Authorities did not reveal the names of the victims or the name of the gunman, but said he was a white man in his 30s, known to the police and a resident of the area.
Authorities said the investigation was continuing, but there was no clear link to domestic or international terrorism.
“There are no definitive answers to the motives or reasons at this stage, but we are absolutely certain that he acted alone,” Odessa police chief Michael Jerk told a news conference.
He said seven people were killed and 22 wounded.
Among the wounded was a 17-month-old baby who was wounded in the face. Three policemen, one from Midland, one from Odessa and one from the Texas Department of Public Safety, were also wounded, all in stable condition.
US President Donald Trump described the attacker as a “very sick person” but made clear he did not believe that checking backgrounds of arms buyers would prevent such incidents.
He told reporters he was consulting Republicans and Democrats on possible efforts to acquire weapons in Congress when he reconvenes this month.
The bloodshed began on Saturday when the gunman was heading from Midland to Odessa on Interstate 20 highway when two policemen stopped him and then opened fire on their vehicle, hitting one of them and then escaping.
Police said the suspect stole a mail truck and then opened fire on police, motorists and shoppers before being shot by police outside an Odessa cinema complex.
On August 3, a gunman killed 22 people in indiscriminate gunfire at a Wal-Mart store in El Paso, Texas.
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