Elected officials respond to mass shooting in Odessa


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On Saturday afternoon a mass shooting took the lives of five people. Many others were hurt. Elected officials at the local, state and national level responded with statements.

Odessa Mayor David Turner issued this statement:

Prayers arising for all affected by the random shooting in Texas. Five killed and twenty one injured earlier today by a man shooting from a moving vehicle Between Midland, Tx and Odessa, Tx. We’re living in dangerous times and it seems to be getting worse. If you see something, say something. If you suspect something, say something.

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Midland Mayor Jerry Morales issued the following statement:

Please continue to keep the victims and their families, the injured, law enforcement, and both Midland and Odessa communities in your prayers. I’m working with Mayor Turner and all law enforcement agencies involved to begin to understand the tragedy that took place today! – Mayor Jerry Morales

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State Representative Brooks Landgraf issued the following statement:

My family and I share the pain felt by the victims and their families. We will be here to mourn the neighbors we lost and we are here to help the survivors recover. West Texas law enforcement officers were exceptional on this dark day and I’m grateful for their heroism and sacrifice for the safety of our community. We will be praying with—and for—all whose lives have been impacted. Odessa has always been strong and enduring, and that’s more true today than ever.

As state representative, I will continue to work with the appropriate state officials to support everyone in West Texas who needs it. I’m thankful to Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Bonnen and Texas DPS for their rapid response.

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U.S. Representative Mike Conaway released the following statement:

“My heart is breaking for my hometown. While the details of this horrific shooting are still unfolding, the suspect was shot and killed by police officers. My office is in contact with local officials, and will continue to provide support in any way that we can.

“We owe more gratitude than words can adequately express to the law enforcement officials and other first responders of Midland and Odessa who acted quickly and courageously in their response to today’s events. Please join Suzanne and I as we pray for the victims and families whose lives have been forever changed by this senseless tragedy.”

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State Representative Tom Craddick released the following statement:

“I commend the local law enforcement, fire departments, healthcare staff, and other first responders for their teamwork.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement:

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“The First Lady and I are heartbroken over this senseless and cowardly attack, and we offer our unwavering support to the victims, their families, and all the people of Midland and Odessa,” said Governor Abbott. “The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are working closely with local law enforcement to provide resources as needed and deliver justice for this heinous attack. I thank the first responders who have acted swiftly and admirably under pressure, and I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence. We will unite, as Texans always do, to respond to this tragedy.”

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following:

I am horrified to see such a senseless act terrorize the fine people of the Permian Basin. Thank you to the courageous local and state first responders who worked quickly today to stop this evil attack. I have asked my law enforcement division and my crime victims services team to assist in any way necessary. Please join Angela and me as we pray for comfort for those who have been impacted by this violent act.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement from Houston:

“Heidi and I are heartbroken by this heinous attack, and we are lifting up in prayer all the victims, their families, and the entire Midland-Odessa community. We are thankful for the law enforcement officers who heroically risked their lives and acted swiftly to stop the shooter and save others. Their courage helped prevent even more senseless deaths, and we honor their tireless commitment to protecting us all. We Texans are standing together tonight united against all forms of hatred and violence.”

The Big Spring Police Department said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Midland Police Department, Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Odessa Police Department, Ector County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and all other Law Enforcement Agencies that assisted in the joint effort to bring the incident to an end. We also express our condolences to the friends and family who have lost loved ones and continue to pray for all those that have been injured.

The City of Lubbock released this statement:

City of Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope, the Lubbock City Council and the rest of the City organization offer their condolences and support to those killed, injured and affected by the mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, on the afternoon of Saturday, August 31, 2019.

“We are heartbroken for the citizens of our West Texas sister cities, Odessa and Midland, after this senseless and tragic act,” said Pope. “The City of Lubbock is ready to help with any resources, personnel or assistance Odessa and Midland might need in the coming days and weeks.”

President Donald Trump said by Twitter:

Just briefed by Attorney General Barr about the shootings in Texas. FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged. More to follow.

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