Texas shooting: Watch as Odessa TV news station forced to evacuate during live broadcast

The studios for Odessa television station KOSA are located in the Music City Mall. Police evacuated the studio because of its proximity to the shooting that took place in the city Saturday.
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The studios for Odessa television station KOSA are located in the Music City Mall. Police evacuated the studio because of its proximity to the shooting that took place in the city Saturday.

Credit: Jacy Lewis/Reporter-Telegram via AP

Credit: Jacy Lewis/Reporter-Telegram via AP

The staff of an Odessa television station was forced to evacuate its studio Saturday while it was providing live updates of a mass shooting that left five people dead and 21 injured.

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KOSA-TV evacuated its studio in the Music City Mall because of its proximity to the shooting. The interruption came while news anchors Jay Hendricks and Matthew Alvarez were reporting about the shooting because of their proximity to the shooting.

In a video of the broadcast, Hendricks and Alvarez were reporting when they noticed a commotion outside the studio.

"Oh. There's something going on here," Alvarez said as he walked out of the camera's view.

"We're not sure what's going on, there are people running through the mall," Hendricks said.

"Jay, we probably need to go," Alvarez said off-camera. "Jay, we probably need to get off the air."

"OK, we're going to leave the set, we're going to slip away for just a minute," Hendricks said as he walked off camera. "We don't know what's going on. People (are) running through the mall, so we need to see what this is."

When Hendricks returned to his desk, he read more reports before telling the audience, "We need to disappear."

The station went back on the air after the incident was over.

Saturday's shootings occurred four weeks after a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso, and a day before several laws go into effect in Texas that loosen restrictions on guns and other weapons.

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