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‘Epidemic’ of violence needs solution, they said, after Texas gunman leaves at least seven dead and more than 20 injured.

By Catholic News Agency, 9/1/19

ODESSA, Texas — Several U.S. bishops offered prayers Saturday evening after a gunman killed and injured more than 20 people in a Texas shooting spree that included the hijacking of a mail truck and the shooting of several police officers.

Sunday morning police said the death toll had risen from five to seven, The Associated Press reported.

“It is with a heart full of sorrow that I write these words after hearing of the deaths and injuries caused by the shootings affecting Odessa and Midland,” said Bishop Michael Sis of San Angelo in a statement released shortly after the shooting.

“My prayers are for those who have lost their lives, who have been seriously injured, and for their families. My prayers are also for the great people of those communities directly impacted by this senseless act of violence, especially the courageous first responders and the local medical teams,” Bishop Sis added.

The Aug. 31 shooting, which took place in Midland and Odessa, Texas, was at least the 18th deadly mass shooting to take place in the U.S. in 2019.

Midland and Odessa are within the Diocese of San Angelo.

This shooting began when an unidentified man was stopped by police for a traffic violation and shot at officers as they approached him. After the shooter fled from that scene, he shot at pedestrians and people in cars. Among those shot was reportedly a 17-month-old girl. The shooter, who hijacked a mail truck during his shooting spree, was eventually shot and killed by police outside a movie theater. ….