At least five dead after man goes on shooting rampage in Texas

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Published on September 1, 2019 - Duration: 00:40s

At least five dead after man goes on shooting rampage in Texas

At least five people are dead after a man stopped by Texas state troopers for failing to signal a left turn opened fire and fled, shooting more than 20 people as he drove before being killed outside a cinema.

The shooting began with an interstate traffic stop where gunfire was exchanged with police, setting off a chaotic rampage during which the suspect hijacked a postal service vehicle and fired at random as he drove in the area of Odessa and Midland.

The two cities are in the heart of Texas oil country more than 300 miles west of Dallas.

Police initially reported possible multiple gunmen, but Odessa police chief Michael Gerke later said there was only one male suspect in his thirties.

The suspect shot "at innocent civilians all over Odessa", according to a statement from Odessa police which did not name the man or offer a motive.

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