Death toll in Odessa shooting rises to 7, a 17-month-old child among those injured

A 17-month-old girl was among 21 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."

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Un hombre reza ante la unidad de urgencias del Medical Center Hospital en Odessa, Texas, el sábado 31 de agosto de 2019 tras un tiroteo en la zona de Odessa y Midland, en el oes de Texas. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)
Police tape and evidences are seen as Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene at a local car dealership following a shooting in Odessa, Texas, U.S. September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene at a local car dealership following a shooting in Odessa, Texas, U.S. September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
A city of Odessa police car, left, and a U.S. mail vehicle, right, which were involved in Saturday's shooting, are pictured outside the Cinergy entertainment center, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. The death toll in the West Texas shooting rampage increased Sunday as authorities investigated why a man stopped by state troopers for failing to signal a left turn opened fire on them and fled, shooting over a dozen people as he drove before being killed by officers outside a movie theater. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Law enforcement officials process a scene involved in Saturday's shooting, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. The death toll in the West Texas shooting rampage increased Sunday as authorities investigated why a man stopped by state troopers for failing to signal a left turn opened fire on them and fled, shooting more than a dozen people as he drove before being killed by officers outside a movie theater. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A law enforcement officer stands in the middle of the 5100 block of E. 42nd Street in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, following a shooting at random in the area of Odessa and Midland. Several people were dead after a gunman who hijacked a postal service vehicle in West Texas shot more than 20 people, authorities said Saturday. The gunman was killed and a few law enforcement officers were among the injured. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American via AP)
ODESSA, TX - SEPTEMBER 1: Officers inspect a car in the aftermath of a deadly shooting spree on September 1, 2019 in Odessa, Texas. Reports indicate the suspected shooter was driving a gold Toyota but police would not confirm this is the gunman's car. Seven people had been killed, in addition to the gunman and at least 21 others were wounded, including three law enforcement officers after a gunman went on a rampage. The man who has not been identified fled from state troopers who had tried to pull him over. The gunman then hijacked a United States postal van and indiscriminately fired from a rifle at people before the authorities shot and killed him outside a movie theater in Odessa. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
ODESSA, TX - SEPTEMBER 1: A mural on a wall outside a gun range following a deadly shooting spree on September 1, 2019 in Odessa, Texas. Seven people had been killed, in addition to the gunman and at least 21 others were wounded, including three law enforcement officers after a gunman went on a rampage. The man who has not been identified fled from state troopers who had tried to pull him over. The gunman then hijacked a United States postal van and indiscriminately fired from a rifle at people before the authorities shot and killed him outside a movie theater in Odessa. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
ODESSA, TEXAS - AUGUST 31: Police cars and tape block off a crime scene outside the Cinergy Odessa movie theater where a gunman was shot and killed on August 31, 2019 in Odessa, Texas. Officials say the unidentified suspect killed 5 people and injured 21 in Odessa and nearby Midland. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
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GoFundMe verified the page's authenticity to NBC News and said the fundraising platform is working with the campaign organiser to ensure funds are sent directly to the family.

The rampage began after the suspect, in a gold Honda, was the subject of a traffic stop between Midland and Odessa, officials said on Saturday. The gunman shot the trooper who initially stopped him and continued west to Odessa, where he shot multiple others, according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.

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"The suspect continued shooting at innocent civilians all over Odessa," police said in the statement.

The suspect then ditched the vehicle he was using and took a US Postal vehicle to a local movie theatre, Cinergy, where a shootout with law enforcement from multiple agencies took place, he said.

A state trooper, an Odessa police officer and a Midland police officer were injured but in stable condition, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Saturday.

Police have not released the identity of the shooter or the victims in the attack.

An Odessa High School student was among the seven who were killed.

A senior law enforcement official briefed on the case and a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety said the shooter had a rifle that may have been a .223 AR-15 style weapon.

Officials were also trying to determine whether the suspect had other weapons on him during the shooting or at his home.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called it a "senseless and cowardly attack."

The attack, the second mass shooting in Texas this month, prompted a round of calls for stricter gun laws from some hopefuls running for the Democratic nomination for president.

US Senator Kamala Harris said on Twitter, "America is sick of this. We need to act."

Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed in an August attack at a Walmart, tweeted, "More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic."

US Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Twitter that the violence makes her "heartsick". "We've already lost far too many to gun violence. Congress must act now," she said.

- This article first appeared on NBC

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