Published: Mon, September 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Five killed, around 21 injured in Texas shooting

Five killed, around 21 injured in Texas shooting

A 17-month-old girl was among more than a dozen injured in a shooting rampage around Odessa, Texas, officias said on Sunday as the death toll increased to seven victims.

Ator had been fired from his trucking job just hours before his killing rampage, the New York Times reported, citing interviews with officials.

Odessa and Midland police and sheriff's deputies surround the area behind Cinergy in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, after reports of shootings.

Ator used an "AR-type weapon" in his attack, and police say they are still investigating how he got it - especially in light of a revelation by state Rep. Tom Craddick who said Ator had previously failed a background check, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

According to officials, the shooting started in Midland and then proceeded to Odessa, 20 miles away.

Video shown by a local CBS affiliate showed the white postal van crashing into a vehicle at high speed outside the Cinergy movie theater complex in Odessa before the man believed to be the suspected shooter was swarmed by police. One Midland police officer and one state law enforcement official were in surgery for non-life-threatening injuries, he said. The dead ranged in age from 15 to 57 years old.

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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 USA gun violence. One of them was Mary Granados, 29, who was working as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service, according to her twin sister, Rosie, and a spokeswoman for the USPS Inspection Service. The gunman then fired at police, wounding two officers before he was killed.

Authorities identified the shooter as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, of Odessa. At one point we didn't know that was the same person, but that is confirmed now.

It is the second mass shooting in Texas in a month, after a gunman killed 22 people in a Walmart in the city of El Paso four weeks ago. "Local law enforcement and state troopers pursed him and stopped him from possibly going into a crowded movie theater and having another event of mass violence", said Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Christopher Combs.

"I heard her screaming", she said.

A spokesman for the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa said it took in 14 victims, but that it was too soon to give details. I thought she had got bitten by a dog or something. Authorities say the trooper was in serious but stable condition on Saturday, and the other officers were stable. There he drove to a Home Depot and opened fire on passersby.

Vice President Mike Pence said he and President Donald Trump are determined to work with Congress "to address and confront this scourge of mass atrocity in our country". "The status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed", he said.

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