Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said the suspect of the Midland-Odessa shootings was a white male in his mid-30s.
The incident began at 3:17 p.m. CDT, when a Department of Public Safety officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a gold Honda, Gerke said. When the vehicle came to a stop, the occupant shot the officer.
The vehicle drove westbound into Odessa, where another person was shot. The suspect continued through Odessa to 42nd Street, where Gerke said "there were multiple victims."
The suspect abandoned his vehicle and stole a mail truck, Gerke said. There were other victims after that, he added.
The suspect then drove eastbound toward the Cinergy movie theater, where he and officers exchanged fire. The suspect was fatally shot in the exchange, Gerke said.
Yep, and I'm wondering about the probable cause for the traffic stop. Police are not releasing that information.Sounds like it started out as a traffic stop with the shooter first shooting and wounding the state trooper making the stop, then randomly shooting several people in Midland and Odessa until police shot and killed the shooter.
I watched the press conference out of Odessa just a few moments ago. The exact wording was, "It was an AR type weapon." No mention of "15."Yeah I'm curious on the why's as well. Seems like they haven't released much except that he used a AR15. The media was probably all giddy about that.
This guy puts it best:I live in Texas and history shows that we really don't give a damn. That's not an indictment. It's an observation.
~ Texas Republican state representative Matt Schaefer 8/31/2019“Do something!” is the statement we keep hearing. As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do.
I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent.
I say NO to “red flag” pre-crime laws. NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks. What can we do?
YES to praying for victims. YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent. YES to fathers not leaving their wives and children. YES to discipline in the homes. YES to supporting our public schools. YES to giving every law-abiding single mom the right to carry a handgun to protect her and her kids without permission from the state, and the same for all other law-abiding Texans of age.
YES to your God-given, constitutionally protected rights. YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions.
Godless, depraved hearts. That IS the root of the problem. Every person needs a heart transformed by faith in God through Jesus. May God be near to those suffering in Odessa and Midland, and everywhere that evil has struck a blow.