At least seven people were shot dead and 20 others among which a toddler, were injured in the second mass shooting in Texas in a month.
The shooter first opened fire at a policeman who stopped his car for failing to signal a left turn in Midland on Saturday afternoon. The gunman went on shooting randomly at numerous passers-by and motorists. He ditched his gold Honda and hijacked a postal truck to make his way to the neighboring town of Odessa.
Police eventually confronted him in a movie theater parking lot and shot him dead.
Among the wounded people, there are three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old child shot in the face, hospital and police officials confirmed. The baby girl was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Lubbock. Her condition was satisfactory, doctors commented.
One of the police officers was a trooper from the Department of Public Safety. The other two were from the Midland and Odessa police departments. The condition of the trooper raises serious concerns, while his colleagues are stable. The police did not give more information about the state of the mail carrier whose truck was stolen by the shooter.
The authorities did not discuss the reasons why the police pulled over the gunman or what his motives were. Michael Gerke, Odessa Police Chief only asserted that the shooter was a white male in his 30's.
Texas’ governor, Greg Abbott, said that the first lady and he were heartbroken over what he called a ''cowardly attack.'' Last week, Abbott hosted two meetings with local lawmakers about how to prevent mass shootings.
The vice-president, Mike Pence, who is currently representing our country in Poland for the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of the start of the second world war, commented that Donald Trump was closely monitoring the situation with his advisors.
Pence also added that the president's administration remains ''absolutely determined'' to collaborate with both parties in the Congress to address the recent surge in mass shootings nationwide.
President Trump is now monitoring the approach of Hurricane Dorian his golf club in Virginia and from Camp David in Maryland. He said he had a conversation with the attorney general, William Barr, to discuss the situation in Texas.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso native, expressed his support to the people of Midland and Odessa. He condemned gun violence once again saying that ''we need to end this epidemic.''
His competitor, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted that we have lost too many people to gun violence. She suggested that Congress should act now.
At the same time, a series of firearm laws went into effect in Texas Sunday. As per the new regulations, weapons are now allowed on school grounds, apartments, and places of worship.
What do you think, do you agree or disagree with Sen. Warren and Beto O'Rourke that the Congress should take serious measures to stop gun violence?