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    Death Toll in Odessa-Midland Shooting in Texas Rises to Seven

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    The FBI and law enforcement agencies have been “fully engaged” in investigating a shooting that occurred on a highway connecting the cities of Midland and Odessa on Saturday.

    The death toll in a shooting in West Texas has increased to seven people, while more than 20 people were shot in the incident, Odessa police said.

    According to spokesman Steve LeSueur, at least one of the shooting victims remains in a life-threatening condition.

    Authorities have announced that they believe the shooting was not connected to "domestic or international terrorism", while adding that the suspected gunman used an "AR-type weapon."

    The shooting occurred on Saturday when state troopers stopped a car with a man, who failed to signal a left turn.

    The man opened fire at the troopers and fled the scene, while randomly shooting people. The gunman, reportedly identified as a white man in his 30s, was later killed by officers near a movie theatre.

    US President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident, while the FBI and law enforcement agencies have been investigating the case.

    Commenting on the shooting, Trump said that he was dealing with Republicans and Democrats on gun control efforts and added that background checks wouldn't have stopped recent gun violence.

    "They would not have stopped any of it," Trump stated.

    Trump was referring to another recent shooting when a gunman killed 22 people in the Texas border city of El Paso.

    In early August, Trump stated that "serious discussions" were taking place between congressional leaders on implementing meaningful background checks for individuals purchasing firearms in the United States.

    The US president noted that guns should not be placed in the hands of mentally ill or deranged people.

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