A man armed with a rifle carried out a terrifying rampage in west Texas on Saturday afternoon killing 5 and wounding 21 people including three police officers and a 17-month-old child shot in the face.
Police did not identify the gunman but described him as a white man in his mid-thirties. They said the motive for the mass shooting was unknown.
The shooting spree began when troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety tried to pull over the suspect for a traffic stop on Interstate 20 around 3:15 p.m. local time.
“The male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit,” the agency said in a statement.
“The patrol unit was occupied by two Troopers, and one was hit by the gunfire. The suspect fled the scene and continued shooting innocent people.”
Shauna Saxton, who says she came face-to-face with the shooter on I-20, told CBS7 the shooting “wasn’t a methodical thing, he was just trying to kill whoever he could kill.”
Saxton said she was stopped under a bridge at a stop light when she heard a “pop-pop-pop” sound.
“I looked over my shoulder and a gold car pulled up and the man was there and he had a very large gun and it was pointing at me, and in that moment all I could think about was driving away, but there were two cars in front of me. I started honking my horn, and swerving,” she said.
She said she finally managed to get away and as soon as she did she heard “three more shots.”
At one point, the suspect fled from his vehicle and hijacked a U.S. Postal Service truck. “The suspect continued shooting at innocent civilians all over Odessa,” police said in a statement.
The gunman ended up cornered outside the Cinergy movie theater at the Music City Mall in Odessa, where he shot an Odessa officer and a Midland officer.
Video from the scene showed the postal vehicle ramming a law enforcement vehicle and then police firing on the van. Police confirmed that a suspect was shot and killed in that confrontation.
The 17-month-old girl who was shot in the face was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, where she was in stable condition, hospital officials said.
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