At least 5 dead in Texas random shootings

A mass shooting in the US state of Texas has left at least five people dead and many more injured, police say.

At least one gunman shot randomly at people while driving round the western cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon.

Police say a suspect – a white male – has been shot and killed, but reports of other suspects at large are being investigated.

No motive for the shootings has yet been established.

The shootings come exactly four weeks after a gunman shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in the Texan city of El Paso.

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A police spokesman confirmed five people had been killed and at least 16 injured in this latest outbreak of gun violence in America. . Three police officers were among those injured.

Odessa’s Medical Center Hospital also said a child under the age of two was among those being treated there. Seven other of its patients are in a serious condition.

Police said Saturday’s incident began at just after 15:00 local time (20:00 BST) after two Texas Department of Public Safety officers pulled over a vehicle on a Midland highway.

The driver then opened fire on the officers and, after driving away, began shooting at other people in several locations.

He later abandoned his vehicle and stole a US Postal Service van.

They then went on to a cinema in the city of Odessa, where random shootings continued.

The suspect was subsequently killed outside the cinema in an exchange of fire with the police.

“It was chaos in a matter of seconds,” Junior Bejarano, a worker at a nearby restaurant, told the New York Times. “People were screaming, flipping chairs, dropping plates.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that he was “horrified to see such a senseless act”.

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