Police said there are “multiple gunshot victims” in West Texas after reports of two suspects opening fire on Saturday in the area of Midland and Odessa.
Midland police said at least one suspect was shot and killed near the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa.
One or possibly two suspects hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and were firing at random, hitting multiple people, Odessa police said. “At this time there are multiple gunshot victims,” Odessa police said in a posting on Facebook.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid major highways in the area, including Interstate 20.
No other details were immediately available. Odessa is about 20 miles southwest of Midland. Both are more than 300 miles west of Dallas.
Two people were killed, at least three police officers were among the wounded, and one suspect was believed to have been taken into custody in Odessa, CBS affiliate CBS 7 reported.
One suspect was driving a U.S. Post Office van, and the other was believed to be in a gold and white Toyota truck, Midland police said.
The Midland, Texas, Police Department said Saturday that one of the suspects is believed to be driving a gold-colored vehicle and has a rifle. Authorities in Odessa, Texas, say the other shooter is believed to be driving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle.
Police in Odessa, say one or possibly two suspects hijacked the postal vehicle and was firing at random, hitting multiple people.
The University of Texas Permian Basin campus has gone into lock-down. There have been no reports of fatalities.
The Odessa Police Department posted on its Facebook page:
Active Shooter! Please Share!
A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution! All law enforcement is currently searching for the suspect and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Midland Police posted to its Facebook page:
Update * We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. One suspect is believed to be at the Cinergy in Midland and the other is believed to be driving on Loop 250 in Midland. The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors.
There are reports of an active shooter at the Home Depot in Odessa. For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes. We will update with more information as soon as possible.