A mass random shooting in the US state of Texas has left at least five people dead and many more injured, police say.
At least one gunman shot randomly at people while driving round the western cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon.
Police now say a suspect – a white male – has been shot and killed, but reports of other suspects at large are being investigated.
No motive had yet been established for the incident.
A police spokesman confirmed five people had been killed and at least 16 injured. Police officers were among the victims, he told reporters.
The shootings come exactly four weeks after a gunman shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in the Texan city of El Paso.
Police said Saturday’s incident began after an officer pulled over a vehicle driving on a highway in Midland.
The driver then opened fire on the officer before stealing a US Postal Service van and opening fire on people at random as he drove around.
The suspect was subsequently killed in an exchange of fire with the police in the city of Odessa.
Police Facebook updates
“A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people,” Odessa Police said in an Facebook post at the time of the shootings.
“At this time there are multiple gunshot victims. The suspect just hijacked a US mail carrier truck.”
Police in the neighbouring city of Midland said: “We believe there are two shooters in two separate vehicles. The two vehicles in question are: gold/white small Toyota truck and a USPS Postal Van. Please stay away from these areas and stay indoors.”
They later posted: “It has been confirmed that the active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy [cinema complex] in Odessa. There is no active shooter at this time. All agencies are investigating reports of possible suspects.”
In a tweet, US President Donald Trump said he was being kept informed about the shootings in Texas.