A truck driver went on an apparently random shooting spree in Odessa, Texas just hours after he was fired from his job. The gunman killed seven people and injured 22 others. Among his victims were three fellow truck drivers.
Police first got wind that something was wrong when the shooter called 911 and the FBI’s national tip hotline. He told authorities that he had just been fired from his job as an oilfield truck driver over a disagreement.
“It was, frankly, rambling statements about some of the atrocities that he felt that he had gone through,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs said during a press conference on Monday. Law enforcement elected to withhold the name of the shooter to avoid giving him notoriety, and TruckersReport will do the same.
Though the FBI scrambled to put together who and where the shooter was after the phone call, they could not work fast enough. About 15 minutes later, at 3:18 pm CST, the shooting spree began.
According to NPR, the shooter was stopped by a police car in Midland for failing to use a turn signal. He pulled over, but once stopped, he fired several shots at the patrol car from his AR-15 style rifle, striking a state trooper.
The driver then sped away, shooting at apparently random passersby. By the time his rampage ended at the hands of police officers in a movie theater parking lot in Odessa about an hour later, the shooter had hijacked a USPS van, killed seven people and injured another 22.
Among the dead were two truck drivers and a 15-year-old girl. The wounded included three law enforcement officers and a 17-month-old baby girl.