"We got really lucky today": Witness on TX shooting

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Published on September 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

"We got really lucky today": Witness on TX shooting

A tearful Shauna Sexton says she had her grandson in her car Saturday when the suspect in the Odessa, Texas shooting pointed the gun at her.

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"We got really lucky today": Witness on TX shooting

Shauna Sexton is trying to process that someone tried to kill her Saturday.

She was in her car with her husband and grandson when the suspect in the Odessa, Texas mass shooting pointed a gun at her.

She says her family got really lucky.

The death toll in Saturday's gun rampage in West Texas rose to seven on Sunday, Fox News reported, and police said they would hold a news conference later in the day.

Police had earlier said five people, including the gunman, were killed in the mass shooting that began with a traffic stop and ended when the shooter was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex in Odessa, Texas.

A white male in his 30s who was known to police went on a gun rampage Saturday between the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa that started with a traffic stop and ended when he was killed by officers, authorities said.

The suspect hijacked a postal van and opened fire on police officers, motorists and shoppers on a busy Labor Day holiday weekend before being shot dead outside a multiplex cinema complex in Odessa, police said.

Authorities originally thought there were two shooters driving two vehicles, but Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke told a news conference on Saturday evening that he believed there was only one.

The gunman was heading from Midland to Odessa on Interstate 20 when he was stopped at 3:17 p.m.

Local time, Gerke said.

He shot the police officer, took off west on I-20 and then exited at Odessa.

There he drove to a Home Depot and opened fire on passersby.

"At some point the suspect stole a mail truck and ditched his car," Gerke said.

He drove the mail truck back east, pursued by police, before crashing into a stationary vehicle behind the Odessa Cinergy multiplex complex, where he engaged in a gun battle with police and was shot dead, Gerke said.

Video shown by a local CBS affiliate showed the white postal van crashing into a vehicle at high speed outside the movie theater complex before the man believed to be the shooter was swarmed by police.

Screaming theater goers ran from the complex.

Gerke said the suspect was known to him but declined to comment on a motive for the shootings.

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