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Death toll rises to 7 in Odessa shooting

SEVEN are dead and at least 20 wounded in a mass shooting incident Saturday in Odessa, Texas (Shutterstock).

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.

UPDATE 2: The gunman in Saturday’s shooting rampage in Odessa, Texas, has been identified as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, of Odessa, according to the Associated Press. He used an AR (assault rifle) style gun. Twenty-two people were injured in addition to the seven who died.

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UPDATE: The death toll in the Odessa shooting has risen to seven, as two more people died from gunshot wounds inflicted during a rampage in Texas on Saturday. Another person is in a “life-threatening” condition according to local police.

The incident apparently began when the gunman – identified only as a white male in his 30s – was stopped by a state trooper for a minor traffic violation. The motorist opened fire on officers and fled in his vehicle, later hijacking a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and firing randomly at people near a movie theater before being killed himself.

Over 20 people in total were hit by gunfire.

More information should become available at a press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Pacific time.

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Police in Odessa, Texas have announced that five people – including the gunman – have died and at least 21 hurt in a mass shooting incident Saturday in that West Texas city.

Three of the wounded are believed to be law enforcements officers.

The Associated Press reported that a man hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and began firing at people, apparently randomly. Earlier reports of two shooters are not accurate, according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.

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