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    7 people killed in Midland/Odessa, Texas mass shooting by Seth Ator

    UPDATE: A suspect has been taken into custody in Midland, according to KFDM-TV. Midland Mayor Jerry Morales says at least 2 dead and up to 20 injured in his city. At least 3 officers have been shot. Details soon.

    Police and other emergency services in Texas are responding to reports of an active shooter or shooters who are randomly firing at people in Odessa and Midland, local officials and witnesses say. At least 30 people are believed to have been shot.

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    The incident began on late Saturday afternoon when officers were called to multiple shooting scenes in the area, including Home Depot, a Cinergy movie theater, and Twin Peaks restaurant. At least 10 people were shot in Midland and 20 were shot in Odessa, CBS News said. A state trooper has also been shot.

    ?A subject (possibly 2) is currently driving around Odessa shooting at random people. At this time there are multiple gunshot victims,? Odessa police said. ?The suspect just hijacked a U.S. mail carrier truck and was last seen in the area of 38th and Walnut. Everyone is encouraged to get off the road and use extreme caution!?

    The University of Texas Permian Basin is on lockdown as a precaution. U.S. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, according to the White House.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/31/us/od...ter/index.html

    [Breaking news update: Posted 6:47 p.m. ET]
    An active shooter was shot and killed in Odessa, Texas, according to the Midland Police Department.

    [Previous update: Posted at 6:19 p.m. ET]

    At least one person was killed and 10 wounded in West Texas, between the cities of Midland and Odessa, when a shooter or shooters fired from their vehicles at people at shopping centers, authorities said.

    Police in Midland said officers are looking for two shooters in two separate vehicles, a gold, small Toyota truck and a US Postal Service van.

    Devin Sanchez, a spokesman for the City of Odessa, said there are 10 confirmed injuries with possibly up to 20 injured. There is one person confirmed dead, he said. One of those who was shot is a law enforcement officer, but it is unclear if the officer is injured or dead, Sanchez said.
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    5 people killed in shooting in Odessa, shooter dead

    A total of 21 people were hurt in the shooting.

    The victims have not been identified at this time.
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    UPDATE: The Midland Police Department says that an active shooter was shot and killed at the Cinergy Movie Theater in Odessa.

    The department says that there is no active shooter at this time.
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    Sept. 1, 2019, 8:33 AM MDT / Updated Sept. 1, 2019, 9:11 AM MDT
    By Doha Madani
    A 17-month-old girl was among the more than dozen injured in a shooting rampage around Odessa, Texas, as the death toll increased to seven victims Sunday.

    Anderson Davis suffered shrapnel in her right chest, has a hole through her bottom lip and tongue, and had her front teeth knocked out after being shot in the face, according to a GoFundMe page created by a family friend. Eric Finley, marketing director of Texas' UMC Health System, said Anderson was in satisfactory condition at a hospital in Lubbock. https://www.gofundme.com/f/17-month-...cp+share-sheet

    "She is alive. When others today are not alive," Anderson's mother said in a statement shared on the GoFundMe page. "I ask you to continue praying for our hearts as we experience this, pray for complete healing of Anderson, pray for every other family in our same situation, or worse, today and pray for the shooters. Pray that whatever is causing them to do this will be defeated by God and they will stop shooting."

    GoFundMe verified the page's authenticity to NBC News and said the fundraising platform is working with the campaign organizer to ensure funds are sent directly to the family.

    The rampage began after the suspect, in a gold Honda, was the subject of a 3:17 p.m. traffic stop between Midland and Odessa, officials said Saturday.

    The gunman, a white male in his mid-thirties, shot the trooper who initially stopped him and continued west to Odessa, where he shot multiple others, according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.

    "The suspect continued shooting at innocent civilians all over Odessa," police said in the statement.

    The suspect then ditched the vehicle he was using and took a U.S. Postal vehicle to a local movie theater, Cinergy, where a shootout with law enforcement from multiple agencies took place, he said. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-...neral-expenses

    A state trooper, an Odessa police officer and a Midland police officer were injured but in stable condition, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Saturday.
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    Police have not released the identity of the shooter or the victims in the attack.

    An Odessa High School student was among the seven who were killed, the Ector County Independent School District confirmed to NBC News Sunday.

    A senior law enforcement official briefed on the case and a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety said the shooter had a rifle that may have been a .223 AR-15 style weapon.

    Officials were also trying to determine whether the suspect had other weapons on him during the shooting or at his home.

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called it a "senseless and cowardly attack."

    The attack, the second mass shooting in Texas this month, prompted a round of calls for stricter gun laws from some hopefuls running for the Democratic nomination for president.

    U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said on Twitter, "America is sick of this. We need to act."

    Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed in an Aug. 3 attack at a Walmart, tweeted, "More information is forthcoming, but here's what we know: We need to end this epidemic."

    U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said on Twitter that the violence makes her "heartsick." "We've already lost far too many to gun violence-Congress must act now," she said.

    President Donald Trump was briefed on the attacks and had been monitoring the situation, White House communications officials said.

    "Great job by Texas Law Enforcement and First Responders in handling the terrible shooting tragedy yesterday. Thank you also to the FBI, @GregAbbott_TX and all others," Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "A very tough and sad situation!"

    Trump was set to depart for Poland over the weekend but remained in the U.S. to oversee the response to Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 5 as it threatens the eastern seaboard.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/nat...oting-n1048726

    President Donald Trump on Sunday said that a mass shooting that took place a day earlier in Texas "really hasn't changed anything" about how lawmakers are approaching gun control legislation.

    "We are in the process of dealing with Democrats and Republicans, and there’s a big package of things that’s going to be put before them by a lot of different people I’ve been speaking to a lot of senators, a lot of house members, Republicans, Democrats — this really hasn’t changed anything, we’re doing a package and we’ll see how it comes about," Trump said outside of Marine One. "That’s irrespective of what happened yesterday in Texas."

    "Over the last five, six, or seven years, no matter how strong you need the background checks, it wouldn’t have stopped any of it," he claimed.

    Authorities on Sunday were still piecing together information about Saturday's attack around Odessa, Texas, where a gunman opened fire at random following a traffic stop, killing at least seven people and injuring over a dozen others. Police have not publicly confirmed the suspect's identity or the weapons he used.

    The attack was the second major mass shooting in Texas in recent weeks after a gunman in early August opened fire on an El Paso shopping area, killing 22 people. The suspected shooter appeared to have posted an anti-immigrant screed online prior to the attack.

    Trump administration officials, Republicans and Democrats were pressed on the latest shooting on the Sunday political talk shows. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told ABC's "This Week" that such attacks should "absolutely" be considered "a homeland security threat."

    "They absolutely are a homeland security threat," McAleenan said. "In our counterterrorism strategy and approach, domestic terrorism has taken a front line focus for us."

    McAleenan pointed to the formation earlier this year of an office focused on "targeted violence and terrorism prevention, with an explicit focus and balance on domestic terrorism, including racially motivated violent extremism, which we’ve seen much too much of in the recent weeks and months."

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/break...JyN?li=BBnb7Kz

    A postal worker whose vehicle was hijacked. A former math teacher whom students adored. A 15-year-old who celebrated her quincea?era just a few months ago. A 25-year-old gunned down outside his home.

    These are only some of the people killed Saturday in the Texas’s second mass shooting in a month.

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    Police, who have yet to identify the victims as the cities of Odessa and Midland grieve, raised the shooting’s death toll to seven Sunday. Authorities also fatally shot the gunman after he fled state troopers and shot more than 20 people, including several officers.

    At least one victim is still in “life-threatening” condition, Odessa police spokesman Steve LeSueur told the AP Sunday.
    Here are some of the people who did not survive.

    Edwin Peregrino, 25

    Edwin Peregrino was visiting his parents in Odessa when he heard gunshots outside.

    At first, they appeared to be coming from far away.

    But when he ran into the yard to examine the commotion, according to his older sister, a gunman sped by and opened fire, killing Peregrino just outside the home he’d moved out of weeks earlier.

    “It happened at our home, you think you’re safe at your own house,” Eritizi Peregrino, 23, said in an interview. “You’re not even safe at your own house.”

    Eritizi Peregrino’s husband was also shot Saturday afternoon and is recovering, she said. But her brother, who’d come to visit for the weekend to talk about his new job and life in San Antonio, did not survive the attack, his sister said.

    Edwin was a beloved uncle to two nephews and a niece, she said, but he wanted nothing more than to start his own family. Known for being somewhat of a troublemaker as a kid, Edwin had matured. He took pride in being there for others and his joking nature remained, serving as a point of comfort for those who knew him.

    “You could always count on him for anything,” she said.“ He would always help my parents and his siblings. I knew I could always rely on him and call on him.”
    Leilah Hernandez, 15

    Leilah Hernandez just celebrated her quincea?era this May.

    Leilah’s grandma, Nora Leyva, had been helping the family plan the coming-of-age tradition for two years. Leyva wanted the perfect party for her oldest granddaughter, the 15-year-old who still spent most of her time with her family, who kissed and hugged her “Ama” when she’d drop by after school.

    The party lived up to the Odessa High School student’s excitement, Leyva said. She felt and looked like a princess in an enormous green dress.“ It was like a dream for her,” Leyva said.

    Leilah’s mother felt like she was living another kind of dream as she mourned her daughter’s death in Saturday’s shooting, Leyva told The Post. She was glad to be stuck at the Odessa hospital where dozens of relatives had gathered to wait for updates on Leilah’s brother, still recovering from his wounds in the Intensive Care Unit. She told Levya she dreaded going home to Leilah’s room.

    Leilah was with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend and her 18-year-old brother Nathan Saturday as they picked up a truck Nathan had saved up for.

    He and Leilah were walking out of the dealership — Nathan had the key in hand — when the white gunman began shooting randomly out of his car, according to Levya.

    “I guess he was just looking for someone to kill,” she said.

    Leyva’s daughter pushed her Leilah’s nine-year-old brother under a car. Nathan wrapped his arms around his sister, taking a bullet in his right arm. The next shot, Levya said, went through Hernandez’s left shoulder, near her collarbone.

    “Help me, help me,” was all the girl said as she died, Leyva said.

    It took 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. Authorities put pressure on the wound from both sides but “it was just too much blood coming out,” Levya said. They told Nathan as they took him away in an ambulance: “Your sister did not make it.”

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    The mass shooter who killed at least seven people and wounded 22 in the Midland and Odessa area of Texas has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator.

    At a Sunday afternoon news conference, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said police knew the shooter's identity, but refused to release it to the media. Gerke said he wouldn't give the mass shooter additional notoriety.

    The shooter was later named in a Facebook post by the Odessa Police Department.

    The incident began when a gold-colored car was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper for failing to signal.

    Police say the shooter grabbed a rifle and shot at a pair of troopers through the rear-view window ? wounding one ? before driving away. He then sped off and continued his rampage, firing at motorists and pedestrians before hijacking a U.S. Postal Service truck.

    The shooter was killed after being chased by officers from neighboring cities Midland and Odessa.

    Law enforcement officials investigate an area Sunday at Loop 338 and Highway 191 in Odessa, Texas after a shooting spree left several people injured or killed Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

    At the news conference, Gerke confirmed seven people had died with the victims ranging in age from 15 to 57.

    "Very sincerely I say to those families I offer my apologies and my condolences," Gerke said.

    Shooting in Odessa-Midland: Death toll rises to seven in Texas shooting rampage; shooter identified

    Gerke said investigators are still researching potential motives for the shooting, but said law enforcement is confident that only one shooter was involved. Initial reports from law enforcement on social media suggested the possibility of a second shooter. Gerke credited the confusion to the shooter switching vehicles.

    Officials claim the shooter used an "AR-style" weapon ? probably referring to the AR-15 assault rifle often used in mass shootings ? but didn't know how the shooter obtained it or whether it was a legal transaction.

    Background on the shooter
    Saturday's mass shooting was not Ator's only encounter with law enforcement.


    Records from McLennan County Court in Waco, Texas, show Ator was arrested Aug. 3, 2001, for trespassing and evading arrest ? both misdemeanors ? to which Ator pleaded guilty in February 2002. He was sentenced to two years of "court probation." It's not clear what restrictions that probation entailed.

    The massacre is the latest in a string of mass shootings in the last few months: Dayton, Ohio; Gilroy, California; and El Paso, Texas.


    Ator doesn't have much of a digital footprint on first glance. Searches under his name yield few results on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Public records list Ator's address in Lorena, Texas ? a small city with a population of roughly 1,800 people, according to census data. The city is approximately 300 miles east of Odessa-Midland.
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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/02/us/we...day/index.html

    "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," he said
    The shooter had been fired from his trucking job hours before he began his killing rampage, the New York Times reported, citing interviews with officials. Authorities say they believe he acted alone but have not yet determined a motive.

    His victims 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.

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    from the link RBW posted ... (FBI Special Agent) Combs said his agency responds to Texas frequently, adding the FBI is "here now almost every other week supporting our local and state partners on active shooters."
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    The 36-year-old gunman who killed seven people in a West Texas shooting rampage Saturday was already in a "distressed mental state" when he showed up to work, and was fired just hours before the massacre began, the FBI said.

    The shootings "did not happen because he was fired," said Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge, at a press conference Monday. "When he showed up to work, he was already enraged."

    Seth Ator, the shooter, had applied to get a gun but failed a background check, a representative for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said at the press conference.

    The ATF, the FBI and the DPS are "aggressively following up on" the source that supplied the firearm to Ator.

    The FBI has been searching a property in West Odessa linked to Ator, and Combs called it a "very strange residence" in conditions that "reflect what we believe his mental state was going into this."

    Ator, Combs said, was "on a long spiral of going down."

    "He's probably been in trouble for a while," Combs said.

    Both Ator and his employer, Journey Oilfield Services, called 911 right after the firing, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said.

    "Basically, they were complaining on each other because they had a disagreement over the firing," Gerke said at a press conference Monday.

    Shortly before being stopped by a Department of Public Safety trooper, Ator also called the FBI national tip line, but he made "no threats of any type of violence," Gerke said.

    That changed during the shooting spree, when Ator called 911 twice. In those calls, he was telling the dispatcher that "he's the guy doing it," Combs said.

    Authorities have repeatedly cautioned that they have yet to establish a motive for the shooting. They say they believe Ator acted alone.

    Ator began spraying the roads with bullets after police pulled him over for failing to use his signal. He killed seven people and wounded 25 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.

    The number of injured rose by three to 25 Monday. One of those was a 70-year-old woman was struck by shrapnel while in her car and went to a local hospital, where she was treated and released, Gerke said.

    Ator's call to the FBI before his encounter with the troopers included "rambling statements about some of the atrocities that he felt he had gone through," said Christopher Combs, FBI special agent in charge.

    The troopers who stopped Ator for a traffic violation Saturday did not know about the calls.

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    I am so thankful to see that more and more news media outlets are refusing to use the shooters real names. It's the notoriety, we don't want to give them the spotlight.

    I understand at first because we need to know but after that don't say their name.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...quire-n1049351

    The gunman who killed seven people and injured more than 20 in a shooting rampage around Odessa, Texas, purchased his weapon from a private seller, a transaction that does not require a background check, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

    Investigators are now looking into who sold the weapon to 36-year-old Seth Ator, who failed a gun background check in 2014 because, law enforcement officials told NBC News, he had a disqualifying mental health issue.

    If the person who sold the gun to Ator knew of his mental health issues, that seller could face criminal charges.

    The House passed a bill in February that would require background checks for nearly all private sales, except those involving family members. But the Senate won't act on it until President Donald Trump makes his position clear.

    A senior law enforcement official briefed on the case and a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety said the shooter had a rifle that may have been a .223 AR-15 style weapon.

    Officials were also trying to determine whether the suspect had other weapons on him during the shooting or at his home.

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