The death toll from a mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa has increased from five to seven, according to Odessa Mayor David Turner.
The mayor said that at least 18 remain injured — including a 17-month-old girl — following the shooting rampage that began after Texas state troopers attempted to pull over a vehicle Saturday afternoon on a Texas interstate for failing to signal a left turn.
The toddler, Turner said, is still in the hospital recovering from injuries that are “not as bad as they thought,” saying, “we are very grateful the injuries weren’t worse.”
As the community searches for answers about what motivated the gunman, the focus needs to be on the families of victims, the mayor, said.
“We desire everyone’s prayers for those who were injured and for those loved ones who were lost and for the community as a whole,” Turner said.
Authorities in Texas are scheduled to hold a briefing on the shooting at noon local time to provide additional details about the incident.