Published: August 31, 2019  Updated: August 31, 2019 at 11:32 pm EST

During a routine traffic stop, Authorities could not have expected that the person they had pulled over would turn out to be a mass shooter. State Troopers in West Texas came under fire, the suspect fled, “and continued shooting innocent people.”

According to authorities and local hospitals a total of 21 civilians were shot by the aforementioned individual. The subject also fired on police and injured three officers. Further, at this time five people have died from gunshot wounds.

According to police the subject is deceased and was a male in his thirties. At a news conference Saturday, Police Chief Michael Gerke said that at least three law enforcement officers were among those shot.

He spoke after a chaotic afternoon during which police reported that a suspect hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and began firing at random in the area of Odessa and Midland, hitting multiple people. Police initially reported that there could be more than one shooter, but Gerke says authorities now believe it was one shooter.

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