“We are heartbroken and outraged by the violence that struck our community and our school district today. We are learning that we have lost friends, family members, as well as one of our students. Our lives have been changed forever,” tweeted Ector County ISD, as one of their students was killed during the shooting.
The shooting began during a traffic stop at 3pm in Midland, according to law enforcement. The Texas Department of Public Safety eventually pulled over an individual, who struck a state trooper with his rifle. During the subsequent shootout by a movie theater in Odessa, two other police officers were wounded.
He then ditched his car and stole a mail truck, stealing it from postal worker Mary Granados who he also shot. He continued to open fire from there.
“Please understand this is not just an Odessa Police Department, Midland Police Department and Department of Public Safety thing,” Odessa Police Chief Gerke said during a press conference. “This was a joint effort by a multiple of departments to find this animal and bring him to justice.”
Law enforcement snapped into action on Facebook to warn people throughout the area to stay in doors for their own safety while the shooter was on the loose.
“A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at 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 and more information will be released as soon as it becomes available,” Midland County law enforcement wrote on social media.
Medical Center Hospital CEO Russell Tippin said in a press conference that 13 victims were brought to the hospital following the attacks. Of those victims who were initially brought into the hospital, an infant was airlifted to a different hospital, two people were released shortly after, two others were in serious condition, and seven people were in critical condition.
“Pray for the victims,” Tippin said. “If you hear my voice, hug your families.”
CBS 7 Midland reports that, as of Sunday morning, three patients were in serious condition, one remained in critical condition while seven others were now in fair condition. The current death total is at eight from the killer’s vicious actions. His identity has not been named publicly at the present time, but he is reportedly dead.
Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz released public statements following the news.
“The First Lady and I are heartbroken over this senseless and cowardly attack, and we offer our unwavering support to the victims, their families, and all the people of Midland and Odessa,” Abbott said.
“I thank the first responders who have acted swiftly and admirably under pressure, and I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence. We will unite, as Texans always do, to respond to this tragedy,” he added.
“We are thankful for the law enforcement officers who heroically risked their lives and acted swiftly to stop the shooter and save others,” Cruz said.
“Their courage helped prevent even more senseless deaths, and we honor their tireless commitment to protecting us all. We Texans are standing together tonight united against all forms of hatred and violence,” he added.
This shooting happened just weeks after the El Paso, TX massacre at a Wal-Mart where 22 people were killed.
Country Band that Changed Name from “Lady Antebellum” to “Lady A” Now Suing Black Artist That Originally Used Title
They changed their name because of supposed Confederate ties.
A country music band that changed their name from ‘Lady Antebellum’ to ‘Lady A’ in the wake of the George Floyd race riots is now suing the singer who originally used the title, who is black.
The band had announced it’d change its name in the wake of criticism from liberals, who took offense at the word ‘Antebellum-‘ a phrase sometimes used in historical writings to describe the American South before the Civil War. The group instead opted to call itself “Lady A,” a name, as it turns out, was already in use by Seattle-area blues and folk singer Anita White.
The dispute between Lady Antebellum and White has been identified as a striking example of liberal hypocrisy and self-aggrandizement, with the band making a supposedly virtuous stance and sacrifice by changing their name, utterly ignoring that they were usurping on a musical name already used by a black artist.
In a new development highlighting the Nashville act’s bad faith, the band is now suing White, claiming that they’ve always had the name she’s used as a legal trademark and refusing any claim of monetary damages from the name change on the part of White.
“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”
If Lady Antebellum proves successful in getting the government to recognize their copyright claim to ‘Lady A,’ the artist that originally used the name will have no choice but to surrender it to the more commercially known and influential musical act.
Observers of the situation immediately slammed the country music group for its disrespect for the title’s existing user.
WOW. @ladya FINALLY decided to change their racist name and now they are suing the Black woman @ladiawhite who was already using the name they decided to change their name to. That’s some royally entitled privileged scumbaggery. https://t.co/j2i4GjPFR7 via @pitchfork
— Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson) July 8, 2020
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