Odessa shooting

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How Texas Shooter, Denied a Gun, Reportedly Got One

Law enforcement official says he procured it via private sale

(Newser) - The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that blocked him from getting a gun in 2014 due to a "mental health issue," a law enforcement official tells the... More »

Police Say Texas Gunman Called 911 Before Shootings

Fired employee left work before officers arrived

(Newser) - The gunman in a spate of gun violence after a routine traffic stop in West Texas called both police and the FBI before the shooting began, authorities said Monday. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator had been fired Saturday from Journey Oilfield Services. He said both... More »

'Guns Are a Small Part of It': Mayor at Texas Vigil

Hundreds gather to pray and sing in West Texas

(Newser) - Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin—a region known for its oil industry—at prayer vigil only hours after 8 were killed and 22 wounded in a nearby mass shooting, the AP reports. "We're out here in the middle of... More »

Texas Gunman Was Fired Hours Before Mass Shooting

Authorities aren't sure what sparked Odessa rampage

(Newser) - The man who killed seven people and injured more than 20 others in west Texas on Saturday had been fired from his job at a trucking company hours earlier, authorities say—but they're not sure what sparked the homicidal rampage. The shooting spree began when the 36-year-old suspect was... More »

After Mass Shooting, O'Rourke Campaign Hawks 'F-ed Up' T-Shirts

Proceeds will benefit anti-gun violence groups

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke denounced gun violence in no uncertain terms after Saturday's mass shooting in his home state—and his campaign has now put those words on a T-shirt. The Democratic presidential candidate repeatedly described the massacre in Odessa, Texas, and the "epidemic of gun violence in America"... More »

Law Officers ID the Odessa Shooter, Talk About Motive

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke refused to publicly say the name

(Newser) - Authorities said Sunday they still could not explain why a man with an AR-style weapon opened fire during a routine traffic stop in West Texas to begin a terrifying rampage that killed seven people, injured 22 others, and ended with officers gunning him down outside a movie theater, the AP... More »

17-Month-Old Has Teeth 'Knocked Out' in Odessa

Anderson Davis, 17 months, lost all her front teeth

(Newser) - "Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play." So says the mother of Anderson Davis, a 17-month-old girl who took bullet fragments to the chest and mouth during a Texas mass shooting that killed at least 7 and wounded 24,... More »

'What a Horrific Day for Odessa'

Texas shooting began with a traffic stop

(Newser) - The nation's latest mass shooting began with a simple afternoon traffic stop: NBC News reports that a police officer pulled over the suspect, driving a gold Honda, for failing to signal a left turn around 3:17pm on Saturday between Midland and Odessa, Texas. The AP reports that the... More »

Police: 21 Shot, 7 Dead in Texas Shooting

Police say the shooter was a white male in his 30s

(Newser) - At least 21 people have been injured by gunfire and seven killed in a shooting in West Texas, the AP reports. At a news conference Saturday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke also says that at least three law enforcement officers were among those shot. He spoke after a chaotic afternoon... More »

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