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Politiet omringer en hvit varevogn i Odessa, Texas, 31. august. Foto: Tim Fischer/Midland Reporter/ via AP/Scanpix

Fem mennesker ble drept og et tyvetall såret da en mann begynte å skyte mot politiet i Odessa, Texas, lørdag. Mannen kjørte rundt i byen og skjøt mennesker. Til slutt ble han skutt av politiet utenfor en kino. Han rakkå såre tre politifolk.

Det hele begynte da mannen ble stoppet for kontroll på riksvei 20 i vestlig retning.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the rampage began when two troopers attempted to stop a gold car on Interstate 20 westbound at 3:13 p.m.

«Prior to the vehicle coming to a complete stop, the male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit,» the DPS sad. «The patrol unit was occupied by two Troopers, and one was hit by the gunfire.»

«The suspect fled the scene and continued shooting innocent people, including a Midland police officer and an Odessa police officer. The Trooper is in serious but stable condition, and the two other officers are in stable condition at a local hospital,» the department said.

Mannen stjal på et tidspunkt en postbil. Han kjørte inn i Odessa og skjøt kontinuerlig. Ved en kino i byen var det slutt.

After the initial shooting, the suspect continued west into Odessa and shot another person on Interstate 20 before driving around the eastern part of the city, where there are multiple scenes and victims, the official said. At some point, the subject stole a mail van and committed additional shootings, officials said.

The suspect then traveled back east in the stolen mail truck toward the movie theater, where various law enforcement agencies contacted him. Gunfire was exchanged, and the suspect was killed.

Gjerningsmannen beskrives som en hvit mann i 30-årene. En politimann sier de har en ide om hvem det er, men vil ikke gå ut med navnet foreløpig. Motivet er ikke kjent.

Det er bare en måned siden massakren i Walmart i El Paso hvor 22 ble drept og 24 såret. Gjerningsmannen skal ha sagt til politiet at han ønsket å ramme mexicanere.