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Suspect In Texas Shooting Reportedly Lost Job Before Rampage

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The suspected gunman in the West Texas shooting Saturday was reportedly fired from his trucking job hours before he opened fire along an Odessa roadway, killing seven people and wounding 22 others.

Police pulled over the 36-year-old suspect for a routine traffic stop along a highway connecting Midland to Odessa, Saturday, when the suspect opened fire, killing both law enforcement officers and civilian drivers.

Officials stated that the 36-year-old suspect had been fired from his job with a trucking business Saturday morning, only hours before the shooting, the New York Times reports.

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Authorities initially refused to release the identity of the gunman to refrain from giving him notoriety, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke explained. But later, the department released the identity of Seth A. Ator of Odessa as the sole gunman responsible for the shooting.

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Police officers shot and killed Ator in the parking lot of a movie theater in Odessa, putting an end to his shooting spree. Authorities said they have not yet determined a clear motive for the act of violence.

“There are no definite answers as to motive or reasons at this point, but we are fairly certain that the subject did act alone,” Chief Gerke said, according to the New York Times.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Odessa Police Department for a comment but they did not respond by the time of publishing.

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4 comments

  1. Thanks, Steve. Will take the liberty of repeating your research….how? where?

  2. “terrorized two towns” Hmmm I live in one of those towns and have friends in both….none of which were ‘terrorized’. Naturally those along his route many were but most found out on evening news…..But then the NY Times isn’t exactly known for the truth is it?

    Losing his job wasn’t his motive, although a first thought. He lived in a sparsely populated area and neighbors reported that his ‘odd’ habits sometimes included “firing guns in the middle of the night” and Saturday am around 3am he had done so.

  3. We have 342M people in the USA.
    We have 420+ M firearms in the USA.
    We have over 270M cars in the USA.
    We had 15,129 murders and 10,982 were Firearm related murders in the USA in 2017.
    There are over 40,000 Car deaths each year in the USA.
    Which means you have a 0.000321~% of 1% chance of being murdered in a given year by a firearm.
    Which means you a 0.014814814814814815% chance of being killed in or by a Car. 39X’s more.

    Given there are over 420,000,000 Firearms in the USA and over 268.8 million car in Civilian hands that means you have a slimmer chance of being murdered by a firearm than being killed in your car.

    So it seems that 99.99+% of firearms are safe and NOT used in a Murder in any given year.
    and correspondingly a person being a murderer is about 3.21 out of 1,000,000.
    An with 12.28 deaths per 100,000 cars which is the bigger threat?

    So whats the key problem here?
    The Person not the firearm or the Car.

    To use a extreme example of Gun Control logic.
    We have over 100,000 rapes in the USA a year, therefore all males should have a genitalia removed at birth. Or let us Ban privately used vehicles and have The State assign us drivers.

    BTW: there are another 4,147 murders that another weapon was used in 2017.

  4. It seems police are allowing the Social Media Sites time to scrub the user account and of postings.
    Se we have seen several times in the past 2 months. eg. of the previous 3 shooters t2 turned out to be supporters of the Socialist, Liberal, Democrats and Anti-FA.

    Which raises another question. Why is it the timing frequently is in run up years to Presidential Elections?

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