Man Shot in Head in Odessa, Murderer Still At Large

Man Shot in Head in Odessa, Murderer Still At Large

Anum Valliani

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A man who was shot in the head Monday evening has died. The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Humberto Palma.

It happened on 23rd and Keystone.

No cause has been identified yet, but witness Shonda Boern believes it was a drive-by.

"We seen a truck drive by really fast and he ran the stop sign and turned left onto 23rd and then we heard three gun shots.

Officers are unsure if Palma suffered multiple wounds, but they confirm there was a shot to the head. We're told about 6 or 7 neighbors came on scene to help first, including a couple of nurses.

"I just freaked out. I was like somebody call 9-1-1. There was two other girls that were down there trying to help him, turn him on his side, had blankets and stuff," Boern said.

Officials said it happened around five o'clock and soon after Odessa Police and their mobile Crime Lab responded to the call along with other units.

"I didn't hear anything until the sirens came," Odessa Resident April Weiss said. "I initially thought somebody had gotten hit by a car. But I didn't know. I mean the ambulance was there already and I saw somebody on the ground but I didn't know what had happened."

According to neighbors, the man had gotten out of his Green Tundra when he was shot.

Odessa Police Department Public Information Officer, Corp. Steve LeSueur said he was immediately transported to Medical Center Hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police have identified a vehicle of interest though that information hasn't been released. They claim, it's unknown if that was the actual suspect vehicle.

The witnesses we spoke to did not know who Palma is. But they were pleased in how the community came together. Still, some of them are worried about the aftermath.

"I've been here 14 years. I've never had a problem. The kids are always running around, running back and forth across the street. It's just always been peaceful," Weiss said.

No suspect has been identified and no arrests made.

Authorities have identified a gold or tan colored Ford Taurus as a vehicle of interest.

Anyone with information is requested to call Odessa Police.