– With AAP.
1. A 17-month-old girl is among the injured as the Texas mass shooting death toll rises to 7.
The death toll in a Texas shooting rampage has increased to seven with another 22 injured, including a 17-month-old girl who was shot in the face.
It is the second mass shooting in Texas in four weeks.
On Saturday afternoon, the bloodshed between Midland and Odessa began when two state troopers pulled over a car on Interstate 20 for not using its turn signal and the lone occupant fired at their patrol vehicle with a lightweight semi-automatic, wounding one of them.
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After fleeing, the suspect hijacked a postal van and opened fire on passersby, police said.
The shooting ended when the suspect, a white male in his 30s, was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex.
Police, motorists and shoppers were all caught up in the chaos that unfolded between the cities of Odessa and Midland during a busy Labor Day holiday weekend.
According to authorities, the gunman was previously known to police and lived locally.
They said the investigation continues, but there was no apparent link to domestic or international terrorism.
“There are no definitive answers as to motive or reasons at this point, but we are fairly certain that the subject did act alone,” Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at a news conference.
“My heart aches for them all,” Gerke said, offering his condolences to the victims’ families.
Among the wounded was a toddler, Anderson Davis, who was shot in the face but survived the attack, according to officials. An online fundraising campaign has been started by her family. Nearly $150,000 has been raised to assist with the medical bills.