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Yuma man among those injured in Texas shooting Saturday

Daniel Munoz talks about his experience being injured in Saturday's shooting incident during an interview in a park in Odessa, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

PHOENIX — A former Yuma resident was among the 22 victims injured in a shooting in Odessa and Midland Texas over the weekend.

Daniel Munoz, 28, recalled the harrowing details of coming into the path of the gunman, who was later killed by officers.

Munoz was in his car on the way to meet a friend for a drink, when he yielded to a car coming off Interstate 20. He noticed what he feared to be a barrel of a rifle in the hands of the driver.

“This is my street instincts: When a car is approaching you and you see a gun of any type, just get down,” Munoz, who moved from San Diego about a year ago to work in oil country, told The Associated Press. “Luckily I got down. … Sure enough, I hear the shots go off. He let off at least three shots on me.”

He’s not exactly sure, but it appears one shot hit the engine, another struck the driver’s side window and a third a rear window. Some shattered glass punctured his left shoulder, causing him to bleed a lot and go to a nearby hospital. He said he’s physically OK but bewildered by the experience.

“I’m just trying to turn the corner and I got shot — I’m getting shot at?” Munoz said. “What’s the world coming to? For real?”

Munoz took to Facebook to express how thankful he was to be alive.

The shooting began with a routine traffic stop where the gunman opened fire on police. He then took off in a gold car, shooting randomly for more than 10 miles.

At some point during the turmoil, the gunman abandoned the car and stole a U.S. Postal Service vehicle. Police finally used a marked SUV to ram the mail truck outside a movie theater in Odessa to disable it.

Police then killed the gunman.

The shooting left seven people dead.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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