September 2, 2019 – In Breaking News – CNN
The 36-year-old gunman who left seven people dead in a West Texas killing rampage had been fired from his job hours before the massacre began, The New York Times reported, citing unnamed officials.
CNN is working to learn more details, but authorities have repeatedly cautioned that they have yet to establish a motive for the shooting.
(Another mass shooting in America has left at least seven people dead. Two dozen others were wounded in the rampage outside Odessa, Texas — the second mass shooting in the state in a month. The alleged gunman was killed by police, bringing the total death toll from the incident to eight. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has pledged action in the wake of the shooting. Courtesy of CBS News and YouTube. Posted on Sep 1, 2019.)
Seth Ator began spraying the roads with bullets after police pulled him over for failing to use his signal.
He killed seven people and wounded 22 others before authorities rammed the hijacked mail truck he was driving and gunned him down.
“The reason that person was stopped was because of a Midland police officer and an Odessa police officer.”
“They rammed his car, stopped him and when he got out, they shot him,” Odessa Mayor David Turner said.
Authorities say they believe Ator acted alone but have not yet determined a motive.
(The death toll in a west Texas mass shooting increased to eight Sunday, including the gunman, authorities said. Those killed ranged in age from 15 to 57 years old, Odessa, Texas, Police Chief Michael Gerke said Sunday. Courtesy of the LA Times and YouTube. Posted on Sep 1, 2019.)
Those who were killed ranged from 15 to 57 years old, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said, and included Mary Granados, a 29-year-old mail carrier who was on the phone with her twin sister as she neared the end of her shift.
A 17-month-old girl and three law enforcement officers were among the injured.
(The man police say is responsible for Saturday’s deadly mass shooting in Texas has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator, who was killed by police outside a movie theater in Odessa. Courtesy of CBS New York and YouTube. Posted on Sep 2, 2019.)
The shooter was pulled over by Texas troopers in Midland on Saturday afternoon, police said.
He had been fired from his job at a trucking company that morning, The New York Times reported.
He began shooting at officers with what police described as an assault-type weapon and sped away.
He continued firing randomly at residents and motorists, police said.
He then hijacked a postal truck and made his way to Odessa, about 20 miles away.
That’s where police confronted him in a parking lot and killed him.
(A traffic stop triggered a deadly shooting rampage. Warning: Some viewers may find this video disturbing. Courtesy of USA TODAY and YouTube. Posted on Sep 1, 2019.)
A police vehicle rammed the truck carrying the gunman, sending it spinning into a group of cars. Authorities surrounded him, according to bystander video and Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf.
“Law enforcement at that point had collectively taken efforts to surround him, and he was not going to go anywhere, and he was not going to hurt anybody else,” Nodolf said.
“That is the definition of heroism, when you have people you know are walking into fire and could be hit.”
(President Trump spoke to reporters, Sunday, September 1, in the aftermath of a mass shooting near Odessa, Texas thanking law enforcement and first responders. Courtesy of VOA News and YouTube. Posted on Sep 1, 2019.)
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(The police on Sunday identified 36-year-old Seth Ator as the shooter who killed at least seven people and wounded over 20 more in a shooting rampage while driving from Midland to Odessa in Texas. Courtesy of PBS NewsHour and YouTube. Posted on Sep 1, 2019.)
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