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Argument, firing preceded Texas shooting

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/03/19, 10:12 am

The shooter who went on a rampage in West Texas had a reputation as a violent, scary aggressor, according to neighbors and co-workers. Both he and his employers at Journey Oilfield Services called police Saturday after he showed up to work enraged and his supervisors fired him. Later, he opened fire with a rifle when an officer pulled him over for not using a turn signal.

How many people did he shoot? He sped through the cities of Midland and Odessa, firing at random, killing seven people and injuring more than 20 others. Police caught up with him outside a movie theater in Odessa and killed him in a shootout. The victims included a 15-year-old high school student and a father of two. A 17-month-old girl miraculously survived a gunshot wound to the face. Several police officers also were injured but survived.

Dig deeper: Read more from The Sift on how the shooting unfolded and what the cities are doing to cope with the tragedy.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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