5 people killed, at least 20 wounded in west Texas shooting; gunman dead

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ODESSA, Texas – Authorities have shot and killed the alleged gunman in Saturday’s shootings around Midland and Odessa, Texas.  The shootings left five people dead and over 20 others injured.

Police say the suspect was shot and killed near the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa.

“It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy in Odessa. There is no active shooter at this time. All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects,” the Midland Police Department said on Facebook.

The Odessa Police Department said during a Saturday evening press conference that five people were killed and 21 others shot in the shooting.  The victims have not been identified at this time.

Three law enforcement officers were among the injured: one from the Department of Public Safety, one officer from the Midland Police Department and one officer from Odessa Police Department, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said.

Around 4:30 p.m. CST, Midland Police Department said on Facebook that officers responded to “reports of an active shooter at the Home Depot in Odessa.”  Home Depot has since reached out to FOX 8 confirming that there was not an active shooter in their Odessa store.

Police also initially believed there were two shooters involved in the incident. The shooters were allegedly traveling in two separate areas.  One was traveling in a gold colored vehicle and the other allegedly hijacked a United States Postal Service mail truck.

However, it has since been released that is was one suspect.  He was reportedly driving one vehicle and at one point ditched that vehicle, taking over the postal van, Gerke said.

Officers made contact with the suspect at the Cinergy movie theater between Midland and Odessa. The suspect and officers exchanged gunfire and the suspect was shot and killed, he said.

Gerke said the subject was identified as a white male in his 30’s. His name and motive were not given.

The University of Texas Permian Basin was placed on lockdown during the active shooter threat.  The lockdown has since been lifted.

Meanwhile the New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau said on Twitter, “We are closely monitoring the ongoing active shooter incident in Midland/Odessa, Texas”

This is a developing story. FOX 8 will provide updates as they become available.

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