Basin Strong: One families story after the tragic shooting

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24)- August 31st, 2019, a day that has changed the Basin community and so many for years to come.

“They did tell us that it was a high powered rifle that he was shot with at point-blank range,” says Brenda Grimsley.

Her and her husband, Brad Grimsley, were on their way to visit family when things turned ugly near mile marker 129.

“She saw the officer get shot, basically bleeding, and so I’m driving down the highway and they’re in prayer they break prayer she turns around and says ‘Brad the shooter is behind us’. When he got up to the passenger door I hit my breaks one time to break my momentum he went forward but at the same time that I hit my breaks is the same time that he shot me through my door,” says Brad Grimsley.

An ambulance rushing him to the nearest hospital while troopers and MPD escorted Brenda and her family across the service road.

“He said ‘it’s a mass shooting it’s a mass shooting’ that’s when but I still didn’t click a mass shooting ‘he was just after us someone is shooting a cop and he’d come after us.'”

The Grimsley’s returning to West Texas almost 5 months later for the Basin Strong Concert.

“These people who don’t even know us but yet they came together and they’re saying ‘hey we’re here, we’re here to support you it is very emotional.'”

The Basin Strong Organization still counting donations and getting ready to put a portion of the proceeds in the Odessa Community Foundation’s August 31st Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit, set up by the Chamber of Commerce.
That fund going directly back to the victims and their families later this month.

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