Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Police identify Texas shooter

Authorities say the gunman in a West Texas rampage was fired from his job and called both police and the FBI before the mass shooting began Texas police hunting for two possible gunmen as 20 injured in shooting
Anna Jefferson | 03 September, 2019, 01:02

With no motive has yet been established behind the shooting rampage in West Texas, that saw gunman Seth A. Ator killing seven people and injuring over 20, a new report suggests he went ballistic after losing his truck-driving job. Photos of bullet-ridden cars at various locations across the city have surfaced online, with police saying that are investigating over 15 crimes scenes, including at a vehicle dealership and at a shopping mall.

The shooter was sacked from a job in a trucking company mere hours before he opened fire at a state trooper when pulled over for failing to signal a turn at around 3:17 pm local time Saturday, the New York Times reported, citing police sources.

The shooter was pulled over by Texas troopers in Midland Saturday afternoon for failing to use his signal, police said.

Ethan Baeza was one of dozens of people who ran for safety to a nearby movie theater during the standoff between the shooter and police.

Authorities say Ator was sacked Saturday morning from his job at Journey Oilfield Services and made "rambling" phone calls to both the 911 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation afterward.

His spokesman referred questions to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

At a Sunday night vigil honoring the victims of the West Texas mass shooting, Odessa Mayor David Turner praised authorities for ramming into the hijacked mail truck the shooter was drivingand putting an end to his killing spree.

Ator was later cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex in Odessa.

"I believe that is when the shooter was killed", he added. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke stated that those killed by Ator were ages 15-57. Mr. Ator had been arrested in August 2001 in McLennan County near Waco on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and evading arrest, according to state records.

But Abbott, a Republican, remains noncommittal about imposing any new gun laws in Texas at a time when Democrats and gun-control groups are demanding restrictions.

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Granados' sister, Rosie, said she heard her sister scream while they were on the phone.

The shooting - the 38th mass killing by firearms in the U.S. this year - occurred on Saturday in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa.

The girl's family said Sunday she is expected to make a full recovery.

"I have been to too many of these events", Abbott said. "And I did my best to go help her, but I couldn't get there on time".

Joseph Griffith, 40, was killed as he waited at a traffic light with his wife and two children, the newspaper reported.

At least 22 people were wounded, including 17-month-old girl Anderson Davis.

In numerous media interviews, her family that the child underwent surgery and will recover.

Abbott named several similar incidents: the Dallas shootings that killed police officers, then Sutherland Springs, then Santa Fe High School, then El Paso and now Odessa/Midland.

It was the second mass shooting in Texas in four weeks.

President Donald Trump called the Odessa-Midland shooter "a very sick person", but said background checks on gun buyers would not have prevented the recent spate of United States gun violence.

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