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What we know about the deadly shooting in Midland-Odessa, Texas

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A traffic stop triggered a deadly shooting rampage. Warning: Some viewers may find this video disturbing. Wochit, Wochit

At least five people are dead after a gunman hijacked a postal service van and shot at at least 21 people, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said Saturday.

The gunman, who was shot and killed by police, was described as a white male in his 30s. Authorities have not yet released his name.

This shooting marks the second time in less than a month that Texas has been impacted by mass gun violence. Exactly four weeks ago, 22 people were killed and 24 more were injured when a man opened fire in an El Paso Walmart.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit that tracks such incidents, there have been 280 mass shootings in 2019, where at least four people were injured or killed excluding the perpetrators.

To date, including this shooting, 602 people have died in mass shootings in 2019 and 2,356 have been injured.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will travel to Odessa on Sunday, and called the attack “cowardly.” He offered his support to the victims, their families and the people in the Midland-Odessa area.

“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,” Abbott said in a statement. “We will unite, as Texans always do, to respond to this tragedy.”

Here’s what we know so far about what happened Saturday in Midland-Odessa. 

What happened?

The incident began Saturday afternoon when Texas Department of Public Safety officers attempted to make a traffic stop, according to a statement on the DPS Facebook page. The suspect, who was driving a gold car, “pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit,” according to the DPS post. 

One of the two troopers was shot but is in stable condition.

The suspect fled the scene and continued shooting innocent people, according to DPS.

This led to a chase, but it remains unclear where most of the other shootings took place or when the shooter changed cars and got into a USPS truck.

Civilian video broadcast by local TV station CBS7 showed a white USPS van, allegedly hijacked by the suspect at some point in his rampage, crashing into a series of police cars set up to block his progress. The van stops, and officers quickly approach the van with guns drawn.

Where are the victims?

At least five people are dead and 21 are injured, according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke. Three officers are among the injured, including one Midland police officer, one Odessa police officer and one Texas Department of Public Safety officer.

Thirteen of the victims were taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa according to hospital CEO Russell Tippin.

Seven victims are in critical condition, two are in serious condition, and one person has died, Tippin said. Two people were treated and released.

It was unclear if the victim who died was among the five dead that Gerke reported.

A 17-month-old baby girl initially taken to Medical Center Hospital was transported to UMC Health System in Lubbock, Texas, about 140 miles away. The hospital confirmed the child was in “satisfactory” condition Saturday night. 

Where is Odessa-Midland, Texas?

Midland and Odessa, with a combined population of more than 200,000, is one of the nation’s top oil and natural gas centers. Its situated on the West Texas plains between El Paso and Dallas.

Was there one gunman or two?

Online and police reports from earlier in the day reported that two shooters were traveling in two separate vehicles: One in a small Toyota truck and the other in a USPS postal van, but this information proved incorrect.

Authorities now believe there was only one gunman, and that he was shot and killed by police.

“Once this individual was taken out of the picture, there have been no more victims,” Gerke said.

CBS7 twice had its news anchors clear the set as police officers came through the mall with guns drawn. Later, the anchors said they had to leave the mall entirely, but they continued broadcasting via wireless microphones.

“For the safety of the public and law enforcement please stay away from the area and stay in your homes,” the Midland Police Department said on Twitter.

Contributing: Marco della Cava, Jennifer Killin

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie hospitalized after game with 'serious medical incident'

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital after suffering what the university is calling “a serious medical incident” following the Lobos’ win against Sam Houston State to open the 2019 season.

“Immediately following tonight’s football game between The University of New Mexico and Sam Houston State University, Lobo Head Coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital as a result of what appeared to be a serious medical incident,” athletics director Eddie Nunez said in a statement.

“We ask that you keep the Davie family in your prayers.”

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a university official told reporters gathered for Davie’s postgame press conference that Davie was leaving for the hospital with chest pains. Assistant athletics director for communications Frank Mercogliano told USA TODAY Sports the incident occurred just outside the Lobos’ locker room.

New Mexico said it would release more information on Davie’s condition when it became available.

The Lobos’ head coach since 2012, Davie has reached two bowl games, in 2015 and 2016, along with five losing seasons. He has also come under fire for off-field issues surrounding the football program, drawing a 30-day suspension without pay in early 2018 amid investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with misconduct cases involving players.

Before joining the Lobos, Davie spent five seasons as the head coach at Notre Dame. He went 35-25 with the Fighting Irish and was fired after the 2001 season.

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As Trump Escalates Trade War, U.S. and China Move Further Apart With No End in Sight

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s trade war with China entered new territory on Sunday as his next round of tariffs took effect, changing the rules of trade in ways that have no recent historic precedent and driving the world’s two largest economies further apart.

American tariffs on foreign goods had already climbed higher than any time since the 1960s before Sunday, when the United States imposed a new 15 percent tariff. The levies on food, clothing, lawn mowers and thousands of other “Made in China” products come as the president prepares to tax nearly everything China ships to America. The move will bring average tariffs on Chinese imports to 21.2 percent, up from only 3.1 percent when Mr. Trump came into office, according to data from the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

China has responded by raising barriers to American companies and their products, while easing them for other nations. Trade between the world’s two largest economies has slumped, and China, which had long been America’s biggest trading partner, dropped to third place in the first half of the year, behind Mexico and Canada.

American companies that once believed the trade war would blow over are now scrambling to limit their exposure to China, in some cases shifting production to other countries, like Vietnam, to avoid tariffs that will soon reach as much as 30 percent.

When he initially began his trade war, the president said his goal was to improve conditions for American companies operating in China, reduce the trade deficit between the two nations and create a more level playing field for American companies competing with Chinese firms.

His combative approach, he said, would secure a historic trade deal that would result in China buying billions of dollars’ worth of American farm products and stop Beijing from “stealing” technology from United States companies.

But after months of stalled negotiations and China’s refusal to give in to America’s demands, his strategy has taken a more punitive turn. Mr. Trump, who has emphasized his view of the two countries as economic enemies and geopolitical rivals since his presidential campaign, has more recently advocated a rapid “decoupling” between nations that have become economically dependent on each other over the past two decades.

Over a week ago, Mr. Trump called China’s president, Xi Jinping, an “enemy” and threatened to use his emergency powers to force American companies out of China. He increased existing and future tariffs and his aides said the president’s only regret was not raising them even higher.

Mr. Trump’s conflicting goals — trying to make China a fairer place for American companies to do business while simultaneously punishing companies that are operating there — are threatening to turn what began as a limited skirmish into a drawn-out and costly quagmire, with little sense of how the United States or China will retreat.

“For those who supported tariffs as a tool to bring the Chinese to the table to reach a big deal, all of this now seems beside the point,” said Scott Kennedy, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “It’s pointless casualties. And those pointless casualties will be the companies whose exports are eliminated, and consumers who will pay more and have less choice.”

Mr. Trump could still reverse course if China makes concessions — or if the American economy weakens and shows signs of slipping into recession, particularly as the election nears.

But so far, there have been few signs of amelioration, only strident statements. Major gaps remain between the two nations. An initial discussion in Shanghai in July prompted no breakthroughs, though the two sides may meet again in September.

“I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve been unable to make a deal — that we have competing objectives in the administration,” said Wendy Cutler, a vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute and a former acting deputy United States trade representative. “I think that has caused China to be uncertain about where this is all headed.”

Mr. Trump continues to insist that his tariffs are hurting China but not the American companies that operate there. On Friday, he noted that American companies were leaving China in response to his tariffs, a development that put the United States in an “incredible negotiating position.” Any business that complained about financial pain from the tariffs were ignoring the obvious culprit for their troubles, he said.

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The toymaker Hasbro is among the companies that have said they will shift their supply chains to emerging manufacturing hubs in Vietnam, India, and elsewhere.CreditJeenah Moon for The New York Times

“A lot of badly run companies are trying to blame tariffs,” he told reporters before heading to Camp David. “In other words, they’re run badly and they’re having a bad quarter or they’re just unlucky in some way. It’s not the tariffs. It’s called bad management.”

The Trump administration continues to look for other ways to limit the ability of American companies to do business with China. The Commerce Department is moving forward with new export controls that would restrict American firms from selling sensitive technology, like artificial intelligence and quantum computing, to Chinese firms. And it has blacklisted several Chinese technology companies, including the telecom giant Huawei, from buying sensitive American technology.

“We’ve never seen anyone do what President Trump has done,” said Chad P. Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “It looks more and more like this is the new normal.”

Mr. Bown’s research shows that the trade war is entering a period of rapid escalation. Tariffs between the United States and China remained roughly constant from October 2018 to the middle of this year. But after talks between the two sides collapsed in May, the president set into motion a series of increases that will raise American tariffs on China by about 12 percentage points in six months, and will ultimately tax the vast majority of goods China sends to the United States. China, in response, has raised tariffs on $75 billion worth of American products and halted purchases of farm products.

“The trade war has been kind of on a slow burn for a while, but things are now really ramping up in a hurry,” Mr. Bown said.

On Sunday, China began charging a 33 percent tariff on American soybeans, compared with just 3 percent for those coming from Brazil or Argentina, Mr. Bown says. On Dec. 15, China will start taxing American autos and auto parts at a 42.6 percent rate, compared with 12.6 percent for those from Germany or Japan.

Those barriers are quickly reconfiguring the global economy. American imports from China fell by 12 percent in the first half of the year, while exports to China dropped 19 percent. Chinese trade with other countries has increased, offsetting some of that fall from the United States.

Some major multinational companies have announced in recent days that they are trying to quickly reduce their reliance on China. The toymaker Hasbro and clothing retailers like Express and Abercrombie & Fitch have said they will shift their supply chains to emerging manufacturing hubs in Vietnam, India, and elsewhere. Some of that shift was already underway, given China’s rising wages, but the trade war has made that move financially imperative.

“While we’re still in that part of the world, we’ve moved out of China in a very meaningful way,” Harvey S. Kanter, the president of Destination XL Group, which sells clothes for big and tall men, said last week on an earnings call.

Express, for its part, told investors last week that it planned to reduce the percent of units sourced from China from 20 percent today to approximately 8 percent by the middle of next year.

Those decisions, which require companies to make significant investments in setting up new facilities, finding workers and training them, are unlikely to be undone even if the two countries ultimately walk back from the trade war.

“We’ve created high hurdles to get back to the way things were, and that means we’re probably not going to,” Mr. Kennedy said. “I think the relationship now is essentially in free fall.”

Each tariff increase has also taken the United States in the opposite direction from where trade policy had been pointing for decades. After years of trying to reduce tariffs and encourage free trade, the United States now has a higher average tariff rate with the rest of the world than many developing countries, including China, Russia and Turkey, said Torsten Slok, the chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Mr. Slok said that while it had not been a smooth path, average American tariff levels had been trending downward for 200 years.

“That is now what is being reversed, by tariffs moving up to a level that we haven’t seen in decades,” he said.

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie hospitalized after game with 'serious medical incident'

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital after suffering what the university is calling “a serious medical incident” following the Lobos’ win against Sam Houston State to open the 2019 season.

“Immediately following tonight’s football game between The University of New Mexico and Sam Houston State University, Lobo Head Coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital as a result of what appeared to be a serious medical incident,” athletics director Eddie Nunez said in a statement.

“We ask that you keep the Davie family in your prayers.”

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a university official told reporters gathered for Davie’s postgame press conference that Davie was leaving for the hospital with chest pains. Assistant athletics director for communications Frank Mercogliano told USA TODAY Sports the incident occurred just outside the Lobos’ locker room.

New Mexico said it would release more information on Davie’s condition when it became available.

The Lobos’ head coach since 2012, Davie has reached two bowl games, in 2015 and 2016, along with five losing seasons. He has also come under fire for off-field issues surrounding the football program, drawing a 30-day suspension without pay in early 2018 amid investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with misconduct cases involving players.

Before joining the Lobos, Davie spent five seasons as the head coach at Notre Dame. He went 35-25 with the Fighting Irish and was fired after the 2001 season.

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie hospitalized after game with 'serious medical incident'

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New Mexico coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital after suffering what the university is calling “a serious medical incident” following the Lobos’ win against Sam Houston State to open the 2019 season.

“Immediately following tonight’s football game between The University of New Mexico and Sam Houston State University, Lobo Head Coach Bob Davie was taken to the hospital as a result of what appeared to be a serious medical incident,” athletics director Eddie Nunez said in a statement.

“We ask that you keep the Davie family in your prayers.”

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a university official told reporters gathered for Davie’s postgame press conference that Davie was leaving for the hospital with chest pains. Assistant athletics director for communications Frank Mercogliano told USA TODAY Sports the incident occurred just outside the Lobos’ locker room.

New Mexico said it would release more information on Davie’s condition when it became available.

The Lobos’ head coach since 2012, Davie has reached two bowl games, in 2015 and 2016, along with five losing seasons. He has also come under fire for off-field issues surrounding the football program, drawing a 30-day suspension without pay in early 2018 amid investigations that examined whether he and coaching staff interfered with misconduct cases involving players.

Before joining the Lobos, Davie spent five seasons as the head coach at Notre Dame. He went 35-25 with the Fighting Irish and was fired after the 2001 season.

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51 People Died in Mass Shootings in August Alone in the U.S.

The month of August ended as it began: with a shooting rampage and a significant death toll.

Five people were killed near Odessa, Tex., on Saturday as a gunman started shooting indiscriminately at cars, bringing the number of victims of mass killings by firearms to 51 for the month.

The term mass killings is defined by the Justice Department as three or more killings in a single episode, excluding the death of a gunman. There is no legal definition for the term mass shooting, despite its frequent use by gun control groups and the news media.

This month’s loss of life was most acute in Texas, where four of the eight deadliest shootings occurred, including an Aug. 3 massacre at a Walmart in El Paso that killed 22 people.

The spate of gun violence has left the country on edge and catalyzed a more intense debate over gun control.

The carnage in West Texas on Saturday was the 38th mass killing by firearms in the United States this year.

Here are some of the deadliest shootings so far in 2019 based on figures from the website Mass Shooting Tracker and local news media accounts. The death tolls do not include the people who carried out the attacks, and not every episode of 2019 is listed.

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Law enforcement agencies responding to a mass shooting near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso this month.CreditJoel Angel Juarez/AFP/Getty Images

Aug. 4 — 9 killed

Nine people were killed and 27 others were wounded after a gunman wearing a mask and body armor opened fire in a busy entertainment district. The gunman’s sister was among the dead, according to the police.

Aug. 3 — 22 killed

Twenty-two people were killed and 26 others wounded in a shooting that targeted shoppers in a Walmart store in El Paso, a predominantly Hispanic border city. The suspect, a white man in his 20s who was taken into custody, wrote an anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online shortly before the attack, the authorities said.

July 28 — 3 killed

An annual garlic festival in an agricultural community south of San Jose turned deadly when a 19-year-old man opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle that he had bought legally in Nevada. The gunman killed himself in the attack. The victims included a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.

July 6 — 5 FOUND DEAD

The bodies of five men who had been fatally shot were discovered in an apartment building by police officers in north St. Louis County, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The victims ranged in age from 37 to 65. Two men were arrested in the killings, which the police said were connected to “drug activity,” The Post-Dispatch reported.

June 8 — 5 killed

Five members of the Yakama Nation were killed in White Swan, a remote community on the Yakama Indian Reservation in central Washington State. Four people were arrested in the shootings, the latest act in a cycle of criminal activity on the reservation, which is between the Cascade mountains and the Columbia River. Two of the men charged in the killings took a child hostage at gunpoint, the authorities said.

A gunman in May targeted former co-workers in offices and hallways at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, killing 12.CreditWAVY-TV via Reuters

May 31 — 12 killed

A city engineer quit his job and then went on a shooting rampage at Building No. 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. The gunman, a former soldier, was armed with two handguns and a cache of ammunition as he targeted his former co-workers in offices and hallways, according to the authorities. His victims were civil servants in the public works and public utilities departments and a contractor who was at the offices to discuss a permit.

A shooting at a manufacturing plant on Feb. 15 in Aurora, Ill., claimed the lives of five, including an intern on his first day of work.CreditMatt Marton/Associated Press

Feb. 15 — 5 killed

A disgruntled employee who had been fired from his job returned to a suburban Chicago factory with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight, which the authorities said he used to kill five of his former co-workers. The gunman was not supposed to have a weapon, as his gun permit had been revoked a year earlier because of a felony assault conviction. The victims included an intern who was on his first day of work and a grandfather of eight.

Five women were killed at a SunTrust Bank branch on Jan. 23 in Sebring, Fla.CreditThe News Sun, via Associated Press
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Coco Gauff's US Open run comes to an end with loss to defending champion Naomi Osaka

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Some 98,000 Wilson tennis balls have been supplied to the 2019 US Open. Moments after 15-year-old Coco Gauff took her final singles swing at one of them Saturday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, her head dropped, her friend across the net exulted and the most stirring story line at America’s Grand Slam came to an end in the third round, which was way earlier than her fast-growing legion of fans wanted.

Playing before nearly 24,000 people in the world’s biggest tennis venue, Gauff, of Delray Beach, Florida, showcased her electrifying athleticism and punishing power at times, but it wasn’t enough to overcome her friend and South Florida neighbor, No. 1 Naomi Osaka. 

The defending US Open champion and Japanese native dispatched Gauff 6-3, 6-0 in front of enthralled crowd that was certainly pro-Gauff but was obviously in awe of Osaka’s shot-making ability and pinpoint accuracy.

As much as the capacity crowd tried to encourage Gauff and will her into the match, Osaka, who had 24 winners to Gauff’s six, was too dominant, too unrelenting, to overcome. Gauff’s night included seven double faults. 

Osaka won the Australian Open in January but has struggled for most of 2019, at one point losing her No. 1 ranking to Australian Ashleigh Barty before regaining it in the weeks prior to the US Open. Osaka beat Serena Williams, arguably the best player in women’s tennis history, in last year’s US Open to win her first Grand Slam singles title.

Gauff, who began her summer with a charge to the fourth round at Wimbledon, was hoping to bookend it at her home Slam, a dream that couldn’t surmount Osaka’s championship pedigree.

Gauff, who played to chants of “Here we go, Coco”  from fans, had already made some history in New York, becoming the youngest woman to reach the US Open third round since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

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Osaka took control early after holding serving to open the match by breaking Gauff in the second game. After Osaka held again for 3-0, Gauff finally got on the board in the fourth game, closing it out with a 119-mile-per-hour ace.

The players then exchanged four consecutive breaks of serve, allowing Osaka to serve for the match at 5-3. After failing behind 0-30, Osaka won the next four points to take the opening set.

The match then went off the rails for Gauff as the unforced errors increased and her demeanor deflated.

Gauff gifted Osaka a break to open the second set as she struggled to get a first serve in. Osaka then battled back from another deficit on her serve to take a 2-0 lead for the second consecutive set before breaking Gauff once again to go to 3-0. 

Osaka moved to 4-0 with an ace that was initially called out by the linesman but was overruled by replay after a challenge. She then closed out the next two games before both players embraced at the net in a rare display of emotion.

Osaka consoled a distraught Gauff by the umpire’s chair before both did the post-match interview. Asked by ESPN’s Mary Jo Fernandez, what Osaka said to Gauff, the teenager replied, “She told me I did amazing and asked if I would do the on-court interview with her. I said, ‘No,’ because I knew I would cry, but she encouraged me to do it.

“She’s been amazing, and I’m going to learn so much from this,” Gauff continued though her tears. “She’s been so sweet to me, so thank you for this. Thank you. … I don’t want people to think I’m trying to take this moment away from her because she truly deserves it.”

Osaka was similarly emotional during her interview as she tried to congratulate Gauff’s parents before interrupting herself to say, “I don’t want to cry.” 

After composing herself, Osaka continued “I remember I used to see you guys training in the same place as us. For me, the fact that both of us made it, and we’re both still working as hard as we can, I think it’s incredible. I think you guys are amazing. I think Coco, you are amazing.” 

Next up for Osaka is Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, the No. 12 seed, who advanced to the fourth round via walkover after Anett Kontaveit of Estonia withdrew from the tournament.

Contributing: Ellen J. Horrow in Arlington, Va.

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‘Will & Grace’ star celebrates sign calling black Trump voters mentally ill

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Actress Debra Messing appears to have endorsed an Alabama church’s message that black supporters of President Trump are mentally ill.

The “Will & Grace” star responded “THANK YOU #Alabama” Saturday to a tweet about a Baptist church in Birmingham that displayed a sign reading: “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.”

The other side of the sign reportedly accused white Trump supporters of racism. According to WVTM, the church’s pastor claimed that Trump voters supported “institutionalized racism.”

DEBRA MESSING JOINS ‘WILL & GRACE’ CO-STAR, CALLS FOR TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN HOLLYWOOD TO BE OUTED

“When you vote for Donald Trump, you are supporting institutionalized racism,” Michael Jordan, pastor of New Era Baptist Church, reportedly said.

Jordan also said God motivated him to take a stand for what was “right.” “Read the Bible and look in the White House. If they call me a racist, look in the White House,” he said.

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The tweet came after Messing, a vocal critic of President Trump, joined her “Will & Grace” co-star, Eric McCormack, in an apparent attempt to shame the president’s supporters.

Both Messing and McCormack requested that The Hollywood Reporter publish a list of attendees at a planned fundraiser benefiting Trump next month.

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“Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know,” Messing tweeted early Saturday.

Messing previously caught attention earlier this month after she praised a Twitter user who requested that people throw her ashes at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch if she is killed in a mass shooting.

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“If I get killed in a mass shooting please cremate me and throw my ashes into Mitch McConnell’s and Dana Loesch’s eyes while I’m still smoldering,” the tweet read.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Miami Dolphins trading Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills to Houston Texans: reports

The Miami Dolphins are trading left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans for two first-round picks, a second-round pick, offensive tackle Julién Davenport and cornerback Johnson Bademosi, according to multiple reports.

The Texans will also receive a fourth-round draft pick in the proposed deal, which comes after they agreed to ship Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the day. The trade will be made official after the players involved pass a physical exam.

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Tunsil, the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, immediately improves a Houston line which allowed Deshaun Watson to be sacked an NFL-leading 62 times last season.

The move leaves the Dolphins without arguably their best player and comes on the heels of a Miami Herald report that stated the team’s locker room would “revolt” if Tunsil was traded.

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Miami Dolphins LT, Laremy Tunsil was traded to the Houston Texans on Saturday, according to a report by Ian Rapoport. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“The backlash would be amazing,” a source told the paper. “Guys would legit revolt.”

Stills, 27, who spent the last four seasons with Miami, recently criticized Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross for putting on a fundraiser for President Donald Trump, and looked askance at rapper Jay-Z’s recent partnership with the NFL.

In response, Dolphins head coach Brian Flores played eight straight Jay-Z songs during a training camp practice, calling it a challenge to the receiver to improve his performance.

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills kneels during the national anthem before the team’s preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. He was reportedly traded to the Houston Texans on Saturday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

“I would say, and I said this to him, he hasn’t performed up to that level over the course of training camp, or as I’ve seen. So that was the challenge, to get open, catch the football and make plays for this team, regardless of what’s going on outside of this building,” Flores said.

Now it appears instead of cutting the wide receiver, the Dolphins are letting the Texans pick up his $7,975,000 base salary for 2019.

Tunsil’s salary is a manageable $2.15 million for this season before jumping to $10.35 million in 2020.

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Following the trade, Miami looks to be in full rebuilding mode and the team now has a myriad of picks in the 2020 and 2021 NFL drafts. They now have four first-rounders and four second-rounders in the next two NFL drafts.

The Dolphins have repeatedly denied they’re tanking in 2019. But they’re widely expected to be among the NFL’s worst teams, and the trade increases the likelihood they’ll secure a high draft pick and take a franchise quarterback in the first round next April.

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Texas Shooting Leaves 5 Dead and At Least 21 Injured Near Odessa

HOUSTON — Five people were killed and more than 20 others were injured in a brazen daylight drive-by mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa on Saturday, as a gunman drove on the highways and streets opening fire on residents, motorists and shoppers, the authorities said.

The attack terrified two sister cities 20 miles apart with a combined population of 263,000 at the start of Labor Day weekend, just weeks after a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso.

Police officers and state troopers tried to keep drivers off the highways. A local university urged students and faculty to stay in their dorm rooms and offices. A television station in Odessa, KOSA-TV, evacuated their studio while they were covering the breaking news live on the air.

Three law enforcement officers were shot, according to the police. Officials said the gunman, a man in his mid-30s, was dead, although they declined to identify him or describe how he died.

The chief of the Odessa Police Department, Michael Gerke, said the motive was not known, but that the attack had begun as a traffic stop. He added that there had been reports of a second gunman but that they were not confirmed, and attributed the sightings to the chaotic situation.

“We do believe we have the threat contained, but I can’t be 1,000 percent sure of that,” Chief Gerke told reporters on Saturday.

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Federal officials were monitoring the attack, and agents from the F.B.I. and other agencies were deploying teams to the region.

The mayor of Midland, Jerry Morales, said the shootings began shortly after 4 p.m. on Interstate 20 and Highway 191, which connects Midland to Odessa. As the attack was unfolding, the police in Odessa said on Facebook that a gunman was driving around “shooting at random people.”

Junior Bejarano, 20, a worker at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Odessa, had just finished cleaning a table when he heard a gunshot outside at about 4:30 p.m. “It was chaos in a matter of seconds,” he said. “People were screaming, flipping chairs, dropping plates.”

A few minutes later, he and other workers walked outside and saw several cars with bullet holes at a nearby intersection, in the turning lane of E. 42nd Street near Parkway Boulevard. He heard a woman screaming and ran to her car with his co-workers.

Inside, he said he saw a baby girl in a car seat whose face, shirt and lap were covered in blood. One of his co-workers, who is also a paramedic, checked on the child until on-duty paramedics arrived and said that she appeared to have been shot in the shoulder.

“She was conscious, but she was just covered in blood,” Mr. Bejarano said. “It was horrible to see something like that.”

Inside another car in the turning lane, Mr. Bejarano said an older woman was hyperventilating after a bullet had apparently passed through her car’s passenger window and then through her driver’s side window, just missing her.

“She was just shaking,” he said. She was bleeding, but the injuries appeared to be from the glass breaking, not a bullet. “She really couldn’t talk,” he said.

The shooting rattled Mr. Bejarano and others, who said they never expected to see their town’s name on national news and trending on social media.

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A pickup truck with bullet holes in the front window on Interstate 20 outside Odessa, Tex., on Saturday. Officials said that a man opened fire after a traffic stop and killed five people.CreditErnst Villanueva, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Another witness, Ernest Villanueva, 24, said he was driving westbound on Interstate 20 from Midland to Odessa when he approached a blue pickup truck and a silver sedan riddled with bullet holes. The vehicles were empty, Mr. Villanueva said, adding that he saw Midland police vehicles heading toward Odessa.

In the chaos, the police responded to a call of gunfire at the Music City Mall, where television news station CBS 7 has its studios. As reporters were live on the air reporting on the shootings that left five dead, they were ordered by the authorities to leave the studio.

They continued to report the news through their microphones, describing a scene of trash and footwear left behind by shoppers running from the mall. After the police swept the mall and determined the reports of gunfire were unfounded, the reporters returned to the set.

The attack came just four weeks after one of the deadliest mass shootings in Texas history, when a 21-year-old gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso on Aug. 3 and killed 22 people. Midland is about 300 miles east of El Paso.

The El Paso shooting remains raw in Texas, and the attacks on Saturday reopened some of the anxiety and fears for many, including lawmakers and law enforcement officials. A handful of those wounded in the Walmart shooting remain hospitalized, and the newly formed Texas Safety Commission held its second meeting on Thursday to discuss how to combat domestic terrorism and extremist groups in the state. Gov. Greg Abbott, who formed the commission following the El Paso shooting, was making plans to be in Odessa on Sunday morning.

Faith Sanchez, 20, a sophomore at Odessa College, said in a phone interview that the El Paso shooting had been weighing heavily on her mind. On Saturday, she was eating at a Texas Roadhouse with her family when word of the shooting spread.

“While we were eating, everyone was just kind of panicking and wondering if we should go outside,” Ms. Sanchez said. “They informed us that there was a lockdown.”

The sister cities of Midland and Odessa make up part of the cultural heart of West Texas, oil-and-energy towns in the Permian Basin that often thrive or languish depending on the price of oil. It is a solidly red region of Texas that wears its presidential connections with pride — Midland is the hometown of both former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush.

“We never thought this would happen here,” Ms. Sanchez said. “So many people are just in shock. We’re scared.”

Manny Fernandez reported from Houston and Neil Vigdor and Christopher Mele from New York. Reporting was contributed by Mariel Padilla from New York; David Montgomery from Austin, Tex.; and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from Orlando.

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