UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The death toll on a highway in western Texas has risen to seven, local media reported Sunday.
Police said on Saturday that five people were killed and 21 others injured in the shooting on the highway between the cities of Midland and Odessa.
The attacker was later killed in an exchange of fire with police in front of a cinema in Odessa.
On Sunday, a spokesman for the city of Odessa told reporters that there were eight confirmed deaths, three in the Midland and five in Odessa, including the shooter, according to the network “News West 9” of “NBC”.
Police revealed that the shooter was a white man in his mid-thirties, without giving further information about his identity or motives.
The Texas Public Safety Administration said in a statement that the shooting began when a police patrol car tried to stop a vehicle on the Interstate-20 highway between Odessa and Midland.
She added that “the driver who was alone in the car pointed a gun through the rear window of his car and fired shots at the patrol.”
A policeman was wounded while the shooter fled by courier truck “to continue shooting innocent people,” police said.
On August 3, 22 people, mostly from Latin America, shopping in a crowded Walmart department store in El Paso, were killed. Police arrested a 21-year-old white man who said he first targeted “Mexicans”.
US President Donald Trump on Twitter congratulated Texas law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the first initiators to deal with “yesterday’s terrible shooting tragedy … It is a very difficult and sad situation.”
But later, he told reporters at the White House that while discussions are under way to curb armed violence with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, “this has not really changed anything.”
Although he himself spoke after the shooting of El Paso about the need to “thoroughly examine the backgrounds” of people who want to acquire weapons, Trump said Sunday that recent events showed that “no matter how tough the ethics verification force, it would not have stopped any of them.”
But former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has never agreed.
“If we don’t act decisively, the bloodshed will continue,” he told CNN on Sunday.
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