Odessa mass shooting news conference

Police said the shooter was shot and killed in the parking lot of the multiplex.

Odessa is about 20 miles south-west of Midland.

But Abbott says the girl's mother texted: "Toddlers are amusing because they can get shot but still want to run around and play".

He said the hospital had been locked down for the safety of the staff and patients.

This weekend's bloodshed between the cities of Midland and Odessa began on Saturday afternoon when two state troopers pulled over a auto on Interstate 20 and the lone occupant fired at their patrol vehicle with a rifle, wounding one of them. One of those who was shot is a law enforcement officer, but it is unclear if the officer is injured or dead, Sanchez said. The gunman pulled out a rifle, pointed it towards his rear window and fired at the two troopers.

A terrifying video posted on Facebook shows what appears to be family members hiding as they tried to shield themselves and others during the deadly shooting rampage in western Texas on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Previously, authorities reported multiple gunshot victims in the area.

The shooting suspect was described by police as a white male in his 30s.

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A Home Depot store was also reportedly targeted as authorities urged residents to stay in their homes.

The shooter eventually ditched his auto, hijacked a US Postal Service vehicle and continued to open fire, he said. Three officers were shot and injured, one one from the Midland PD, one from Odessa PD and a state trooper.

From the City of Midland: We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. He shot more than 20 people before being killed by officers outside a movie theater. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Law Enforcement is fully engaged.

"Pray that whatever is causing them to do this will be defeated by God and they will stop shooting".

Earlier this month, a gunman killed 22 people in a shooting at a Walmart in the Texas border city of El Paso.

An FBI spokesperson told CBS News that six people were killed, not including the suspect, and 24 were wounded in total.

The shooting follows weeks after a the shocking El Paso shooting, which was the most deadly mass shooting in Texas' state history.

In that case, officers arrested Patrick Crusius, 21, a white Texan, who told police that he was targeting "Mexicans", according to an arrest warrant published by U.S. media.

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