Texas Shooting Leaves 5 Dead and At Least 21 Injured Near Odessa

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.

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