A Lubbock native was among the many people in the Midland shopping mall when news of the shooting and hunt for the gunman first came in. Both Midland and Odessa were essentially locked down as the gunman drove between the cities, shooting at seemingly random targets.
Jeremy Gaines said the mall was quickly evacuated. Gaines said he thought West Texas had too much of a reputation of being armed for anyone to try an attack like this here.
"When I was standing in the mall and hear about an active shooter in the most crowded place you could think of in Midland, it was a really sickening feeling that came over me," Gaines said.
"You know, you want to brush it off. But in this world that we live in, you just can't. I got out as soon as I could."
Gaines was able to leave the mall safely. He spoke to us from his home in the Permian Basin. He said attacks like these, including the one in El Paso, has made him realize we are all vulnerable to this kind of violence.