Odessa, Texas, police chief: 21 shot and 5 killed in shooting spree

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The police chief of Odessa, Texas, Michael Gerke, said at least 21 people have been injured and at least five are dead after a Saturday shooting spree in West Texas. The suspect, a white male in his 30s, is dead, according to police.

Police declined to name the suspect.

At a news conference Saturday, Gerke also said that at least three law-enforcement officers were among those shot.

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He spoke after a chaotic afternoon during which police reported that a suspect had hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and began firing at random in the Odessa and Midland areas, hitting multiple people. Police initially reported that there could be more than one shooter, but Gerke said authorities later came to believe there was a single shooter and that the threat had ended.

Odessa is about 20 miles southwest of Midland. Both are more than 300 miles west of Dallas.

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