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Five shot dead in Texas after gunman allegedly fired at officer then fled: Police

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vmargineanu/iStock(ODESSA, Texas) — Five people have been shot and killed by a gunman who opened fire in a series of shootings near Odessa in western Texas, according to authorities.

The suspect has been shot and killed, the Midland Police Department said.

Police said there were 21 shooting victims.

The shooting began with a traffic stop by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer, authorities said. It was not clear what led to the traffic stop.

But after the vehicle came to a stop, the officer was shot, officials said.

That’s when the suspect fled along I-20 toward Odessa, and kept shooting at people in multiple locations, authorities said.

When he reached 42nd Street, he struck several more people, authorities added.

Along the way, the suspect ditched his car and allegedly stole a mail truck, police said. He then went toward Cinergy, a local entertainment center, and continued shooting.

The suspect, described as a white man in his 30s, was shot and killed, police said.

The motive for the shooting was unknown at this time, police said.

The Department of Public Safety officer’s injuries were non-life-threatening, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales told CNN.

A Midland police officer was also shot and underwent surgery, Morales said.

Midland Memorial Hospital has received six patients, three of whom are in critical condition, hospital officials said. The other three patients are in stable condition.

Midland and Odessa are in western Texas, about 20 miles apart.

“The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are working closely with local law enforcement to provide resources as needed and deliver justice for this heinous attack,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

Abbott said, “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 offer our unwavering support to the victims, their families, and all the people of Midland and Odessa.”

Abbott said he’ll go to Odessa on Sunday.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he’s been briefed by the attorney general.

“FBI and Law Enforcement is fully engaged,” he tweeted. “More to follow.”

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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More than 54,000 citations issued in Maryland for passing school buses

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manonallard/iStock(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.) — After more than 54,000 citations were issued last year in to drivers who blew past school buses with stop signs extended in Montgomery County, Maryland, all buses this year will be outfitted with safety cameras.

Negligent drivers may see fines of up to $500, too, officials said.

The Montgomery County Department of Police on Friday released footage of a dozen such incidents in the wake of releasing a video showing a 16-year-old girl being struck by a car as she made her way toward a school bus.

The teen girl is seen being tossed onto the hood of the car, which reverses back toward the scene of the accident after the girl picked herself up and sprinted back toward the vehicle that dropped her off.

Capt. Thomas Didone told ABC News the videos are being distributed in part to “warn and alert drivers, parents and school children of dangers.”

“The failure by drivers to stop for school buses can result in catastrophic consequences,” the department said in a statement. “There is absolutely no reason to hurry and drive impatiently that is worth the loss of or injury to any of our children.”

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ESPN: Cowboys' contract talks with Ezekiel Elliott intensifying

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Sources tell ESPN that the Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott are working hard to get a new contract agreed to this weekend.

The contract talks have intensified, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says, just days after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expected Elliott would likely miss regular season games. Jones also said there was no deadline for negotiations with Elliott, or fellow stars Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.

The Cowboys had previously offered Elliott a deal that would have made him the second-highest paid running back in the NFL — behind Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley.

Elliott has held out amid the contract dispute, but is training in Mexico with Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.

The 24-year-old led the NFL in rushing yards in two of his first three seasons.

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Scoreboard roundup — 8/30/2019

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sporting events:

INTERLEAGUE
Atlanta 10, Chi White Sox 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 0
Oakland 8, N-Y Yankees 2
Houston 7, Toronto 4
Minnesota 13, Detroit 5
Texas 6, Seattle 3
Baltimore 14, Kansas City 2
Boston 7, L-A Angels 6  (15 Innings)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi Cubs 7, Milwaukee 1
N-Y Mets 11, Philadelphia 5
Washington 7, Miami 6
Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 4
San Francisco 8, San Diego 3
Arizona 5, L-A Dodgers 4
  Cincinnati  at  St. Louis  7:05 p.m. (PPD – Rain)

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(19)Wisconsin 49, South Florida 0
(18)Michigan St.  28, Tulsa 7

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Conviction overturned for undocumented immigrant charged in death of Kate Steinle

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iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — The lone conviction for an undocumented immigrant whose actions resulted in the shooting death of a 32-year-old woman in 2015 has been overturned by an appellate court in California.

A jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, 46, in 2017 of first degree murder, second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semiautomatic firearm for his role in the death of Kate Steinle.

Garcia-Zarate was convicted, however, on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

During jury deliberations, jury members asked the court for the definition of possession and if there was a time requirement for possession. The defense argued during the appeal that the trial court failed to instruct the jury that it could acquit Garcia-Zarate because he only possessed the gun for a moment.

On Friday, the First Appellate Court of Appeals in California, in a 3-0 decision, agreed with that defense.

“Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the defense, as we must, we conclude the trial court erred in failing to give the momentary possession instruction. Because the error was prejudicial, we are compelled as a matter of law to reverse,” the court’s opinion says.

“These questions go to the heart of the momentary possession defense,” Justice Sandra Margulies wrote. “The fact the jury asked whether there was a time requirement for possession suggests jurors were wrestling with how long defendant had the gun.”

Steinle was walking with her family on Pier 14 on July 1, 2015, when she was hit by a bullet that had ricocheted off a concrete wall, hitting her in the back. Police said Garcia-Zarate knowingly fired the gun, then threw it in the water.

The defense successfully argued during his trail that the gun was wrapped in rags, which he picked up when it fired accidentally. He then, the defense said, threw it in the water so it would stop firing, according to court documents.

The gun Garcia-Zarate shot belonged to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that the gun was stolen from his car in San Francisco.

Despite the overturned conviction, Garcia-Zarate will remain in jail on related federal charges.

“We pray that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is successful in prosecuting Garcia-Zarate and that this menace will no longer be able to terrorize our streets,” the police association said.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association blasted the court’s decision, saying this is “another episode” of San Francisco judges caring more about criminals than victims.

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“This is yet another disgusting injustice perpetrated by a broken criminal justice system that is more intent on re-harming the victims of crime and their families than holding violent offenders accountable,” a statement from the police association read.

The Steinle family did not immediately respond when asked for comment by ABC News.

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