Sep
04
Special Report: At Least 5 Dead And 21 Injured In Texas Shooting | NBC News


REPORT. HERE’S PETER ALEXANDER. HERE’S PETER ALEXANDER.>>>GOOD EVENING TO YOU.>>>GOOD EVENING TO YOU. WE ARE MONITORING BREAKING NEWS WE ARE MONITORING BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW OUT OF CENTRAL TEXAS. RIGHT NOW OUT OF CENTRAL TEXAS. THERE HAS BEEN A DEADLY SHOOTING THERE HAS BEEN A DEADLY SHOOTING SPREE. SPREE. IT HAPPENED LATE THIS AFTERNOON, IT HAPPENED LATE THIS AFTERNOON, SPANNING TWO CITIES, MIDLAND AND SPANNING TWO CITIES, MIDLAND AND ODESSA, THE. ODESSA, THE. HIS JUST CONFIRMED FIVE PEOPLE HIS JUST CONFIRMED FIVE PEOPLE ARE DEAD. ARE DEAD. 21 OTHERS INJURED, INCLUDING LAW 21 OTHERS INJURED, INCLUDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THE SUSPECT IS ALSO DEAD. THE SUSPECT IS ALSO DEAD. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN BRIEFED. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN BRIEFED. HE IS MONITORING THE SITUATION HE IS MONITORING THE SITUATION THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS. THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS. RON ALLEN IS FOLLOWING THE RON ALLEN IS FOLLOWING THE STORY. STORY. HE JOINS US WITH ALL THE DETAILS HE JOINS US WITH ALL THE DETAILS NOW. NOW. THIS STARTED AS A TRAFFIC STOP. THIS STARTED AS A TRAFFIC STOP.>>YES, A DISTURBING AND CHAOTIC>>YES, A DISTURBING AND CHAOTIC SITUATION THAT STARTED WITH A SITUATION THAT STARTED WITH A TRAFFIC STOP. TRAFFIC STOP. A MAN WAS PULLED OVER ANY THE A MAN WAS PULLED OVER ANY THE VEHICLE. VEHICLE. WE DON’T KNOW WHY. WE DON’T KNOW WHY. HE OPENED FIRE ON THE POLICE HE OPENED FIRE ON THE POLICE OFFICER AND TOOK OFF. OFFICER AND TOOK OFF. AT SOME POINT HE HIJACKS A MAIL AT SOME POINT HE HIJACKS A MAIL TRUCK. TRUCK. ALONG THE WAY HE’S AT SHOOTING ALONG THE WAY HE’S AT SHOOTING AT PEOPLE ALONG THE AWAY BETWEEN AT PEOPLE ALONG THE AWAY BETWEEN ODESSA AND THE TOWN OF MIDLAND. ODESSA AND THE TOWN OF MIDLAND. THIS CONTINUES ON FOR SOME TIME THIS CONTINUES ON FOR SOME TIME AND HEN THE SUSPECT IS FINALLY AND HEN THE SUSPECT IS FINALLY CORNERED NEAR A MOVIE THEATER IN CORNERED NEAR A MOVIE THEATER IN ODESSA AND A GUNFIGHT OCCURRED ODESSA AND A GUNFIGHT OCCURRED AND POLICE SHOOT AND KILL HIM. AND POLICE SHOOT AND KILL HIM. AT ONE POINT THEY THOUGHT THERE AT ONE POINT THEY THOUGHT THERE WERE MORE SHOOTERS, MORE WERE MORE SHOOTERS, MORE VEHICLES INVOLVED. VEHICLES INVOLVED. VERY CHAOTIC. VERY CHAOTIC. HERE’S WHAT POLICE JUST SAID HERE’S WHAT POLICE JUST SAID ABOUT THE CASUALTIES. ABOUT THE CASUALTIES.>>THIS SUBJECT WAS CONTACTED BY>>THIS SUBJECT WAS CONTACTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HAD AN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HAD AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE HAPPENED AND EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE HAPPENED AND THAT SUBJECT DECEASED AT THAT THAT SUBJECT DECEASED AT THAT LOCATION. LOCATION. WE HAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURED. WE HAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURED. WE HAVE A TROOPER IN MIDLAND WE HAVE A TROOPER IN MIDLAND COUNTY. COUNTY. WE HAVE ONE N.P.D. OFFICER AND WE HAVE ONE N.P.D. OFFICER AND ONE O.P.D. OFFICER THAT WERE ONE O.P.D. OFFICER THAT WERE STRUCK. STRUCK. AS FAR AS CIVILIAN KASHTCASUALTI AS FAR AS CIVILIAN KASHTCASUALTI HAVE AT LEAST 21 SHOOTING HAVE AT LEAST 21 SHOOTING VICTIMS AND AT LEAST FIVE VICTIMS AND AT LEAST FIVE DECEASED AT THIS POINT IN TIME. DECEASED AT THIS POINT IN TIME. WE DON’T KNOW THE CONDITIONS OF WE DON’T KNOW THE CONDITIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE WOUNDED. WOUNDED. IT IS BELIEVED THEY WERE NONLIFE IT IS BELIEVED THEY WERE NONLIFE THREATENING. THREATENING. THE FIRST ONE SHOT IS THE ONE THE FIRST ONE SHOT IS THE ONE WHO ENCOUNTERED THE SUSPECT AT A WHO ENCOUNTERED THE SUSPECT AT A TRAFFIC STOP ALONG THE HIGHWAY. TRAFFIC STOP ALONG THE HIGHWAY. AGAIN WE DON’T KNOW WHY THAT AGAIN WE DON’T KNOW WHY THAT HAPPENED. HAPPENED. ONE SUSPECT, ONE SHOOTER ONE SUSPECT, ONE SHOOTER IDENTIFIED. IDENTIFIED. WHITE MALE. WHITE MALE. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE WEAPON WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE WEAPON WAS. WAS. BUT JUST A CHAOTIC SCENE WITH BUT JUST A CHAOTIC SCENE WITH THE AREA ON LOCKDOWN. THE AREA ON LOCKDOWN. THERE’S A MALL ON LOCKDOWN, A THERE’S A MALL ON LOCKDOWN, A CAMPUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IT CAMPUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IT CAN ON LOCKDOWN AS WELL. CAN ON LOCKDOWN AS WELL. AUTHORITIES NOW BELIEVE THE AUTHORITIES NOW BELIEVE THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL. SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL. THEY BELIEVE IT WAS JUST ONE THEY BELIEVE IT WAS JUST ONE GUNMAN AND HE’S DEAD. GUNMAN AND HE’S DEAD.>>YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE>>YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE TERROR IN THE COMMUNITY. TERROR IN THE COMMUNITY. RON ALLEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. RON ALLEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JOINING US NOW, FORMER ATF IN JOINING US NOW, FORMER ATF IN CHARGE JIM KAVANAUGH. CHARGE JIM KAVANAUGH. GIVE AS YOU AN IDEA HOW GIVE AS YOU AN IDEA HOW CHALLENGING A SITUATION LIKE CHALLENGING A SITUATION LIKE THIS IS WHEN YOU HAVE A SHOOTER THIS IS WHEN YOU HAVE A SHOOTER OPENING FIRE ON THE HIGHWAY. OPENING FIRE ON THE HIGHWAY.>>OFTEN TIMES IT STARTS WITH A>>OFTEN TIMES IT STARTS WITH A TRAFFIC STOP. TRAFFIC STOP. SOMEBODY MAY BE A FUGITIVE FROM SOMEBODY MAY BE A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE, AN ESCAPED PRISONER. JUSTICE, AN ESCAPED PRISONER. THEY COULD HAVE AN ILLEGAL THEY COULD HAVE AN ILLEGAL WEAPON. WEAPON. WHEN THE TROOPER PULLS THEM WHEN THE TROOPER PULLS THEM OVER, THEY ENGAGE AND START OVER, THEY ENGAGE AND START SHOOTING. SHOOTING. THEN GOES INTO A HOMICIDAL RAGE THEN GOES INTO A HOMICIDAL RAGE AFTER THAT. AFTER THAT. WE HAD A SITUATION, A CALIFORNIA WE HAD A SITUATION, A CALIFORNIA TROOPER KILLED IN THE LAST TWO TROOPER KILLED IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, A CONVICTED FELON ARMED WEEKS, A CONVICTED FELON ARMED WITH A RIFLE AND WHEN THE WITH A RIFLE AND WHEN THE TROOPER PULLED HIM OVER HE GOT TROOPER PULLED HIM OVER HE GOT OUT AND KILLED THE TROOPER. OUT AND KILLED THE TROOPER. SO SOME CRIMINALITY INVOLVED. SO SOME CRIMINALITY INVOLVED. HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE ARRESTED. HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE ARRESTED. DIDN’T WANT THE GO BACK TO DIDN’T WANT THE GO BACK TO PRISON. PRISON. AND HE STARTED — KILLED THE AND HE STARTED — KILLED THE TROOPER. TROOPER. HE COULD HAVE BEEN ON HIS WAY TO HE COULD HAVE BEEN ON HIS WAY TO DO A MASS SHOOTING ALTHOUGH DO A MASS SHOOTING ALTHOUGH THAT’S UNLIKELY. THAT’S UNLIKELY. LIKELY HE HAD CRIMINAL LIKELY HE HAD CRIMINAL CULPABILITY. CULPABILITY.>>JIM, WE APPRECIATE YOUR>>JIM, WE APPRECIATE YOUR EXPERTISE. EXPERTISE. WE’LL CONTINUE MONITORING THE WE’LL CONTINUE MONITORING THE SITUATION. 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