At least five people have been killed and many more injured in the second mass shooting in the US state of Texas in a month.
According to authorities, the shooting started with a traffic stop. A gunman drove on the highways and streets of in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa , opening fire on residents, motorists and shoppers.
First to be shot was a policeman who stopped the gunman’s car between the cities of Midland and Odessa.
The suspected shooter, described by police as a white male in his 30s, went on to shoot at numerous motorists and passers-by. At one point, he abandoned his car and stole a postal truck before continuing his spree.
He was shot dead by police at a cinema complex. While three law enforcement officers were among the injured.
The attack at the start of Labor Day weekend terrified sister cities 20 miles apart with a combined population of 263,000, less than a month after gunmen killed 31 people in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, in back-to-back massacres that stunned the nation and revived the debate in Washington over gun control.