Odessa Mass Shooter Failed Background Check, Was Illegal Gun Owner — Called Both FBI and Police Before Shooting
There was an active shooter in Odessa, Texas on Saturday afternoon.
** Check our previous coverage here.
Police shot and killed the shooter at a cinema parking lot.
#Breaking: Just in – Shocking video allegedly from #Midland in #Texas, of police officers shooting at one of the suspect who were driving from #Odessa to #Midland and shot at random places and people in the area. #US pic.twitter.com/nHsic0og71
— Sotiri Dimpinoudis (@sotiridi) August 31, 2019
20 people were injured in the shooting.
Seven people were killed.
36-year-old Seth Ator, a resident of Odessa, Texas was named as the assailant on Sunday nearly 24 hours after the shooting.
He opened fire on state troopers during a traffic stop.
The shooter had a criminal record.
Police in Texas just revealed that the Odessa shooter had a criminal record. Sounding more and more likely that he was in possession of a gun illegally. A new gun law can’t stop a shooter if the shooter is already using a gun illegally.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 1, 2019
Governor Greg Abbott called for keeping weapons “out of criminals’ hands” in a tweet on Monday.
He noted the Odessa shooter had failed a background check.
Not only did the Odessa gunman have a criminal history…
…he also previously failed a gun purchase background check in Texas…
…& he didn’t go thru a background check for the gun he used in Odessa.
We must keep guns out of criminals’ hands. https://t.co/vgrqcHtBtF
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 2, 2019
Seth Ator’s neighbor said he was aggressive and violent.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) September 3, 2019
UPDATE– The gunman called both the FBI and police before the shooting after he was fired.