ODESSA (1080 KRLD) - Eight people have been killed and 24 wounded in a mass shooting in Odessa in West Texas. Several law enforcement officers from various agencies were hit. Police there say the suspect died in a confrontation with police and is included in the death tally.
"It started with a traffic stop by the DPS," said Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke. He says the suspect shot a DPS Trooper in Midland County, one Midland Police Officer, and one Odessa Police Officer during the incident. The suspect was shot and killed at a movie theater in Odessa.
During the incident, police had said there were possibly two suspects. They now believe there was only one shooter. Staffers at CBS-TV affiliate KOSA in Odessa had to take shelter as police searched for a possible suspect in the Music City Mall where the station has its studios, but the station is now back on the air and is reporting that it does not appear a suspect was at that location.
The suspect is described at this time as a white male in his mid-30's.
“I am horrified to see such a senseless act terrorize the fine people of the Permian Basin," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement issued by his office. "Thank you to the courageous local and state first responders who worked quickly today to stop this evil attack. I have asked my law enforcement division and my crime victims services team to assist in any way necessary."