Authorities said a gunman who launched a revolt with an AR rifle in West Texas killed seven people and wounded 22 others, including a child, who was shot in the face, before police killed him.
Police said the shooting began with a routine traffic stop and ended when officers surrounded the suspect, a white man in his 30s, in the parking lot of a movie complex.
Police, car drivers and shoppers are caught in the chaos that erupted between Odessa and Midland.
Authorities said the shooter was known to the police and lived locally. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing, but there is no clear link to domestic or international terrorism.
“There are no specific answers about the motive or reasons at this stage, but we are sure that the issue has acted on its own,” the Odessa police chief said at a press conference.
He said that seven victims were killed and 22 wounded, and offered his condolences to their families.
Among the injured was a 17-month-old girl, Anderson Davis, who was shot in the face, according to officials and an online fundraising campaign launched by her family.
Three police officers were shot and injured – one from Midland, the other from Odessa, and a soldier from the state public safety department – and were in stable condition.
Odessa police identified the gunman as Seth Aaron Author, 36, from Odessa.
Online court records showed Author had been convicted in 2002 of criminal trespassing and evading arrest. The Midland Reporter-Telegram newspaper quoted the state attorney as saying he had previously failed to verify a background.