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At least five dead, 21 casualties in Texas shooting

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At least five people have been killed in a mass shooting that left 21 victims, police in the US state of Texas said.

“We have at least 21 victims, 21 shooting victims and at least five deceased at this point in time,” a public affairs officer for Odessa police told reporters.

Midland Mayor Jerry Morales told Fox News that three police officers were among those shot, but they were expected to survive.

At least one gunman in the US state of Texas has shot multiple victims and hijacked a mail truck, police said on Saturday, with media reporting at least one fatality.

“A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims,” police in the western Texas city said on their Facebook page after the country’s latest mass shooting.

They added that “the suspect just hijacked a US mail carrier truck” and urged people to stay off the road and use extreme caution.

Midland police, in a Facebook post minutes before the Odessa statement, said “we believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles,” one of which is a United States Postal Service van.

The Times quoted Midland Mayor Jerry Morales as saying one suspect was in custody.

“I’m not sure if he is alive,” Morales added.

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