A 17-month-old girl was among the more than dozen injured in a shooting rampage around Odessa, Texas, as the death toll increased to seven victims Sunday.
Anderson Davis suffered shrapnel in her right chest, has a hole through her bottom lip and tongue, and had her front teeth knocked out after being shot in the face, according to a GoFundMe page created by a family friend. Eric Finley, marketing director of Texas’ UMC Health System, said Anderson was in satisfactory condition at a hospital in Lubbock.
She is alive. When others today are not alive,” Anderson’s mother said in a statement shared on the GoFundMe page. “I ask you to continue praying for our hearts as we experience this, pray for complete healing of Anderson, pray for every other family in our same situation, or worse, today and pray for the shooters. Pray that whatever is causing them to do this will be defeated by God and they will stop shooting.”
GoFundMe verified the page’s authenticity to NBC News and said the fundraising platform is working with the campaign organizer to ensure funds are sent directly to the family.
The rampage began after the suspect, in a gold Honda, was the subject of a 3:17 p.m. traffic stop between Midland and Odessa, officials said Saturday.
Police initially said five people were killed, but that number included the shooter. On Sunday, sources told ABC News the number of people allegedly killed by the gunman rose overnight from four to seven.
The first of the shootings began with a traffic stop by a Texas Department of Public Safety officer just after 3 p.m. local time, authorities said. The officer stopped a gold Honda with a traffic violation, according to police.(MORE: Latest massacre pushes August U.S. mass shooting deaths to a total of 35)
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 by authorities as a white man in his 30s, was shot and killed by responding officers, 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.