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Gov. Abbott addresses Odessa shooting, says 'Texans will stand united'

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Mass violence crept closer to home this weekend. Less than a month after a mass shooting in El Paso, a gunman opened fired in Odessa leaving seven dead and 22 others wounded. 

Lubbock native Jeremy Gaines was among the many people in the Midland shopping mall when news of the shooting broke. Gaines said these violent attacks have changed his perception of West Texas' reputation. 

"And I thought well that will never happen in Midland or Odessa because everybody carries guns around here, I have a concealed carry, and that's just, no one would dare do that here. But when I was in the mall I second guessed myself, you know," he said. 

Gov. Abbott addressed the state Sunday saying too many times he's had to speak to Texans about these attacks. 

"We must replicate what we have seen in El Paso, Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe and in Dallas," he said. 

He added it's a must for the state to stand united in supporting victims while state lawmakers work to find a solution. 

"We must do what Texans do best. In times of tragedy we unite, we come together, we support each other, we reinvigorate our community with the love that we have for one another." Abbott said. "And knowing the Permian Basin the way that I do, I know that is exactly what's going to happen here in Odessa, in Midland and the entire region." 

Here in Lubbock, Vitalant opened its doors Sunday for blood donations. Already, citizens have stepped up for the cause. 

"It makes me happy that people do realize these tragic events do need people to give because one person could be 12 units depending on how much blood they're losing," Trynity Patterson, Vitalant Donor Eligibility Specialist, said. 

For those afraid of needles, Patterson said its about more than a phobia. 

"You know, people can be scared and face your fear. I mean people need your blood," she said. 

Vitalant will be accepting donations Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 806-797-6804.





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