Four weeks after 22 people were killed by gunman in the Texan city of El Paso another Gunman shoots seven people to death.
US police in that state says the death toll in Saturday’s mass shooting in Texas has risen to seven The shooting, Texas’ second in August, began when police stopped a car between the cities of Midland and Odessa.
The gunman wounded at least 20 people, including a 17-month-old girl. At one point, he abandoned his car and stole a US postal vehicle.
Police later shot dead the gunman near a cinema. Officials say they believe he had no connection to terrorism.
The motive of the gunman, who was white and in his mid-30s, remains unclear.
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said that those killed on Saturday were aged 15 to 57. He did not name them.
The gunman was shooting at random, targeting motorists and passers-by, he said.
Mr Gerke also said he would not name the killer to avoid giving him “any notoriety for what he did”, but added that this would be done later but the US media quoted law enforcement sources as saying that the gunman’s name was Seth Ator.
Among the injured on Saturday was Anderson Davis, a girl aged 17 months, who was hit in the face by a bullet fragment and airlifted to hospital.
“She has a hole in her bottom lip, a hole in her tongue, and her top and bottom teeth were knocked out,” Haylee Wilkerson, a family friend told sources
“Her mom said she’s up playing and running around like nothing ever happened. She’s a strong little girl, added Ms. Wilkerson.
The toddler was expected to have surgery on Sunday.
At least three of those injured were police officers – although the police say not all of them were shot. Some were cut by glass when their car windows were hit by bullets and shattered.