ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – August 31, 2019 was a warm sunny day in the Permian Basin. Interstate 20 was bustling with business and residents were enjoying a weekend of leisure. For all intents and purposes, it was a normal day in Midland and Odessa, until it wasn’t.
That same afternoon, everything was brought to a screeching halt as chaos erupted in the form of a mobile active shooter.
It began on Interstate 20 between the neighboring cities, continued through Odessa and would come to an end behind a local movie theater. In that time, some were lost, others were injured. The business sector slowed and worlds were turned upside down. Heartbreak, tragedy and sadness consumed the minds of many.
However, a year later, those aren’t the only words West Texans are remembering. Stories of heroism, bravery, courage and resilience have moved to the front of the list.
Our community changed the narrative with first responders leaping to action putting their lives on the line for their community, ordinary citizens stepping up to protect others in need and a community that came together and has become stronger, are the headlines now. West Texas Strong.
Even today, new stories have emerged from the tragedy showing a community healing, strengthening and pressing forward.
We hope you will join us, and several others in the community in remembering the victims and honoring those who rose to the occasion.