Active shooting in West Texas, authorities search for suspects: Report

Active shooting in West Texas, authorities search for suspects: Report


LAURA: WE WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO THAT BREAKING NEWS, REPORTS OF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IN THE MIDLAND, ODESSA, TEXAS AREA. THERE ARE REPORTS OF MULTIPLE PEOPLE INJURED, POSSIBLY AS MANY TWO SUSPECTS AT LARGE IN TWO SEPARATE VEHICLES. JOINING ME NOW ON THE PHONE, DANA COALSON, FORMER ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE FBI, TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE’RE LEARNING SO FAR, DETAILS ARE — WE’VE ONLY GOT A FEW OF THEM RIGHT NOW. TELL US WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE RIGHT NOW. WE’RE HEARING TWO PEOPLE AND POSSIBLY TWO SEPARATE VEHICLES DRIVING AROUND SHOOTING AT PEOPLE AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THIS. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?>>THIS IS A TERRIBLE SITUATION. I HOPE THIS IS NOT AN INDICATION OF THE HE’S OF THE EE’S OF THE ESCS OF THE ESCALATION WHERE WE HAVE TWO OR MORE INDIVIDUALS WITH MULTIPLE TARGETS, MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR POLICE AND RESPON RESPONDERS AND MEDICAL PEOPLE. PEOPLE NEED TO GET OFF THE STREETS UNTIL THIS THING IS OVER. IT’S MOBILE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. I HOPE THIS IS NOT A HARBINGER FOR WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THE FUTURE. LAURA: A LOT OF PEOPLE LISTEN TO SIRIUS IN THEIR VEHICLES, WE HOPE PEOPLE ARE LISTENING NOW AS THEY MAY BE DRIVING AROUND IN THE ODESSA, MIDLAND AREA. WE DID GET AN UPDATE FROM THE MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, SAYING THAT, AGAIN, TWO SHOOTERS, TWO SEPARATE VEHICLES. ONE SUSPECT BELIEVED TO BE IN MIDLAND, THE OTHER BELIEVED TO BE DRIVING ON LOOP 250 IN MIDLAND. THERE’S A GOLD, WHITE, TOYOTA TRUCK AND A USPS POSTAL VAN, ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THESE AREAS, STAY INDOORS. WE’RE MONITORING SOCIAL MEDIA. THERE ARE SOME REPORTS THAT POSTAL VAN MAY HAVE BEEN HIJACKED. WE DON’T HAVE THAT CONFIRMED YET. WE’RE WORKING ON GETTING THE DETAILS. YOU’VE GOT THE NEWS THIS IS HAPPENING AND PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY. YOU CAN IMAGINE DRIVING IN THE AREA, HEARING STAY A AWAY FROM THE ROAD AND KNOWING SOMEONE IS POINTING A GUN OUT OF A WINDOW, PERHAPS, WHERE DO PEOPLE GO WHEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS?>>WELL, GET OFF THE ROADS, GET AWAY FROM THE AREA. GET ON THE INTERSTATE AND DRIVE THE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT AND GOAT AS MUCH SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND THE SUBJECT. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED BY PATROL OFFICERS. STATE, COUNTY, CITY OFFICERS, WHO ARE — SHOULD BE HEAVILY ARMED WITH SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES SO THEY CAN RESOLVE THIS. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FRIGHTENING THINGS I’VE HEARD IN A WHILE, MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS AND THEY’RE MOBILE. THIS IS A PRETTY SERIOUS SITUATION. LAURA: WE’RE ALSO GETTING REPORTS INTO THE NEWSROOM THAT THE ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION MAY HAVE TAKEN PLACE AT A HOME DEPOT IN ODESSA. SO THERE’S A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON. WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE RELATED. THAT IS ALSO COMING TO US FROM THE MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT. NOW, AS THE FORMER AT THIS ASSISTANT — DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE FBI, WHAT WOULD YOU BE TELLING YOUR TEAMS, WHO WOULD YOU SEND OUT, WHAT WOULD THE PLAN OF ATTACK BE?>>EVERY PATROL OFFICER I WOULD HAVE THERE, INCLUDING THE FBI, ATF, ANYBODY THAT COULD MONITOR THE RADIO TRAFFIC AND HEAD THAT DIRECTION, THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT RADIO TRAFFIC SOMETIMES OVER-POWERS A SITUATION AND THAT’S SOMETHING THE OFFICERS NEED TO BE CAREFUL OF. GET ON THE RADIO, SAY WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY AND GET OFF. IN DENVER, CALL IN DENVER, COLL IN DENVER, COLORADO, THEY COULDN’T TALK TO EACH OTHER BECAUSE OF THE RADIO TRAFFIC. PATROL OFFICERS ARE GOING TO RESOLVE THIS AND I WOULD GO INTO BASIC LOCKDOWN SITUATION IN THE AREA AROUND THERE. I WOULD TELL ALL BUSINESSES, ALL THE HOMES, YOU GET EVERYBODY IN THERE AND LOCK DOWN. LAURA: IT’S BEEN A TERRIFYING SCENE THAT WE UNFORTUNATELY SEE PLAY OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO POSSIBLY HAPPENING INSIDE OF A LARGE STORE. LIKE THE ONES WE’VE SEEN IN THE PAST AND IT IS SO SCARY WHEN YOU THINK OF THIS HAPPENING INSIDE A STORE, POSSIBLY A PARKING LOT, ON THE ROADS, TWO VEHICLES. MIKE EMMANUEL IS WITH ME HERE AS WELL. MIKE: THOSE TWO COMMUNITIES ARE 20 MILES APART. THEY ARE CONNECTED BY INTERSTATE 20 AND SO IF INDEED THE SHOOTERS HAVE ATTACKED IN BOTH CITIES, IT’S NOT VERY HARD TO GET FROM ONE TO THE OTHER AND SO YOU MAY BE HAVING MIDLAND POLICE AND/OR ODESSA POLICE WARNING THEIR COMMUNITIES, REALIZING THEY’RE NEXT DOOR TO THE OTHER AND IT’S PRETTY EASY WITH INTERSTATE 20 TO GET BACK AND FORTH IN BETWEEN. DANNY, YOUR THOUGHTS IN TERMS OF WHAT NEXT STEPS THE LOCALS CAN DO THERE ON THE SCENE AND MAKING SURE WHAT’S REAL AND WHAT MAY BE RUMOR IN TERMS OF PEOPLE IN A PANIC, CALLING THINGS IN?>>WELL, THAT’S PART OF THE PROBLEM. YOU GET OVER-REPORTING. YOU KIND OF HAVE TO SIFT THROUGH THAT. BASICALLY, THE PATROL OFFICERS ARE GOING TO RESOLVE THIS. I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF THERE’S NOR AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN THE SEARCH, A HELICOPTER NEEDS TO BE UP. I THINK THEY PROBABLY ARE. THERE’S A GREAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THOSE TWO DEPARTMENTS AND ALSO BETWEEN THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES AND IT’S ALL HANDS OUT, LET’S GO. WE HAVE TO GO FOR THESE GUYS. THERE’S NOT A LOT OF SECRETS TO IT. MAXIMUM MANPOWER, OBSERVATION, BUT REMEMBER, THIS IS VERY DEADLY FOR THESE POLICE OFFICERS. THEY’RE RUNNING INTO A GUN FIGHT AND KUDOS TO THEM FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO DO THAT. MIKE: YOU’VE GOT MIDLAND POLICE, THE MIDLAND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, THE TEXAS DEALT OF PUBLIC SAFETY — TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, THE ODESSA POLICE AND THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND A VARIETY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT ARE HOPEFULLY QUITE USED TO WORKING WITH ONE ANOTHER AND — LAURA. LAURA: WE WANT TO SHARE YOU WITH YOU SOMETHING THAT ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT PUT ON THEIR FACEBOOK POST. TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT RADIO TRAFFIC TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT TO ANYBODY THAT THEY CAN. HERE’S WHAT IT READS. A SUBJECT, POSSIBLY TWO, IS CURRENTLY DRIVING AROUND ODESSA, SHOOTING AND RANDOM PEOPLE. AT THIS TIME, THERE ARE MULTIPLE GUNSHOT VICTIMS. THE SUSPECT JUST HIJACKED A U.S. MAIL CARRIER TRUCK AND WAS LAST SEEN IN THE AREA OF 38th AND WALNUT. EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO GET OFF THE ROAD AND USE EXTREME CAUTION. ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CURRENTLY SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT. SO THAT HAS JUST GONE OUT ON THE ODESSA POLICE FACEBOOK PAGE. YOU’VE GOT I’M SURE NEWSRADIO GOING WILD WITH THIS, LETTING PEOPLE KNOW. WE’RE DOING OUR BEST TO COMMUNICATE AS WELL. YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE ON THE ROAD, PEOPLE IN STORES, TRYING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, FAMILY MEMBERS. YOU’RE IN A HOME DEPOT ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON, THE LAST WEEKEND OF SUMMER BEFORE LABOR DAY AND TRYING TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY. IT IS A TERRIFYING SITUATION THAT PEOPLE ARE BEING FACED WITH RIGHT NOW AND AGAIN, MULTIPLE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT. WE DON’T HAVE A NUMBER WE CAN CONFIRM TO YOU RIGHT NOW BUT THAT NUMBER DOES APPEAR TO BE GROWING. SO DANNY, WHEN YOU HEAR THIS, WHAT MORE DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WHAT THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS PUT OUT ON FACEBOOK?>>WELL, IT’S TOTALLY APPROPRIATE. SECONDS MATTER IN THESE SITUATIONS. IT’S UP TO EACH ONE OF US TO BE PREPARED TO PROTECT OURSELVES, THAT’S BY TAKING COVER, GOING HOME, GETTING IN THE CAR AND DRIVE THE OTHER DIRECTION. THEY’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING. I SOUNDS LIKE ONE VERY MOBILE INDIVIDUAL, HOPEFULLY IT’S NOT TWO, HOPEFULLY IT’S NOT MORE. LET’S ASSUME OUR VALIANT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS GET THIS INVOLVED. LAURA: THE MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SAYING THEY BELIEVE THERE’S TWO VEHICLES. I’LL REPEAT IT AGAIN. THE VEHICLES IN QUESTION ARE A GOLD, WHITE SMALL TOYOTA TRUCK AND, AGAIN, USPS POSTAL VAN AND THE DRIVER OF THAT WAS HIJACKED OR THEY SOMEHOW GOT AWAY WITH THAT POSTAL VAN. WE’RE LOOKING AT TWO DIFFERENT VEHICLES WITH PEOPLE SHOOTING AT RANDOM PEOPLE UP AND DOWN THESE ROADS AND POSSIBLY AT THIS HOME DEPOT IN ODESSA. SO YOU’VE GOT PEOPLE LOOKING OUT FOR TWO VEHICLES. YOU’VE GOT I’M SURE LAW ENFORCEMENT MOVING THROUGHOUT THE INTERSTATE THAT YOU KNOW VERY WELL, MIKE. MIKE: YES. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. AND I KNOW LAW ENFORCEMENT THERE IS REALLY TOP NOTCH. SO I’M SURE THEY ARE ALL OVER THE SITUATION WITH REPORTS OF A ATTACKS IN BOTH PERHAPS MIDLAND AND ODESSA, OBVIOUSLY A COMPLICATED SITUATION. BUT I IMAGINE THE SCANNER TRAFFIC IS PROBABLY GOING WILD IN WEST TEXAS RIGHT NOW, JUST BEFORE 5:00 LOCAL TIME AS THEY TRY TO TRACK DOWN TWO SUSPECTS, TWO DIFFERENT VEHICLES, A TOYOTA PICKUP TRUCK AND A UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE VAN VEHICLE AND SO OBVIOUSLY A VERY DISTURBING SITUATION ON THE GROUND THERE IN THE MIDLAND, ODESSA AREA OF WEST TEXAS, KNOWN AS THE PERMIAN BASIN. SO OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE FOLKS THERE AND WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN GET THESE GUYS, WHOEVER THEY ARE, AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE WITH AS LIMITED BLOODSHED AS POSSIBLE. LAURA: THEY SAY, AGAIN, THE POLICE TELLING ANYBODY WHO CAN HEAR US FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS AREA. STAY INSIDE OF YOUR HOMES. THEY PROMISE TO UPDATE US WITH MORE INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. BUT AGAIN, WE’RE LOOKING AT THE ODESSA POLICE FACEBOOK PAGE RIGHT NOW. WE’LL PUT THAT BACK UP. REPEATING A SUBJECT POSSIBLY TWO CURRENTLY DRIVING AROUND ODESSA, SHOOTING AT RANDOM PEOPLE AT THIS TIME, MULTIPLE GUNSHOT VICTIMS. AS WE MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA, THOSE NUMBERS ARE GOING ALL OVER THE PLACE BUT WE DON’T WANT TO SAY ANYTHING UNTIL WE KNOW FROM THE POLICE JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STRUCK BUT WE’VE GOT THE POLICE TELLING US THAT MULTIPLE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HIT IN THIS AREA. SO IF YOU ARE IN THAT AREA, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GET INSIDE YOUR HOMES, KEEP THE DOORS LOCKED AND THAT IS WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT IS SAYING RIGHT NOW. IN TERMS OF THIS AREA, MIKE, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH RESIDENTIAL AREA IS AT 38th AND L WALNUT. THAT’S A PRETTY PINPOINTED AREA. MIKE: EXACTLY. IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I’VE BEEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS. I DON’T WANT TO MISSPEAK. BUT WITH INTERSTATE 20 THERE, THESE COMMUNITIES ARE VERY CLOSELY CONNECTED AND SO YOU MAY HAVE A SITUATION WHERE SUSPECT VEHICLES ARE GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN MIDLAND AND ODESSA AND SO CERTAINLY AN ALARMING SITUATION FOR FOLKS THERE IN WEST TEXAS AND WE HOPE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ABLE TO STOP WHATEVER IS GOING ON AT THIS HOUR, JUST BEFORE 5:00 LOCAL TIME THERE IN WEST TEXAS, BRING THIS TO A RESOLUTION SWIFTLY. LAURA: WE’VE BEEN JOINED BY DANNY COALSON, FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE FBI.

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