Federal Bureau of Investigation agents search a home believed to be linked to a suspect following a deadly shooting spree on September 1, 2019 in West Odessa, Texas.Combs said his agency responds to Texas frequently, adding the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "here now nearly every other week supporting our local and state partners on active shooters."Combs said at this point the agency does not believe there's "any connection to any domestic or global terrorism".
FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said his agency responds to Texas frequently. Police say a state trooper pulled the suspect over during a traffic stop outside Midland, TX on the afternoon of August 31 when he allegedly shot the officer. But Abbott, a Republican and avid gun rights supporter, has been noncommittal about tightening Texas gun laws.
The shooter was pulled over by Texas troopers in Midland Saturday afternoon for failing to use his signal, police said.
While the reason Ator failed his previous background check is not known at this time, it should be noted that his criminal convictions did not proscribe his from owning a firearm, as only those convicted of felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors are barred from legally purchasing a gun in the state of Texas.
"Traffic stops remain among the most unsafe interactions that officers face", said Robyn Small, the fund's public relations director. Officials have said they still don't have a motive for the suspect's actions but are continuing to investigate what triggered the shootings. Before the vehicle came to a complete stop, the driver "pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his auto and fired several shots" toward the patrol auto stopping him, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger.
Ator allegedly shot and killed a USPS mail carrier and carjacked the woman's USPS van.
The shooter has been identified as a 36-year-old local man named Seth Aaron Ator, police said.
A damaged police vehicle and U.S. Postal Service van blocked off with tape nearby to where a gunman was shot and killed at Cinergy Odessa movie theater following a deadly shooting spree on September 1, 2019 in Odessa, Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning. The number of people killed this year has already reached 142, surpassing the 140 people who were killed of all last year.
More than 40 people have died in the four shootings in Texas, Ohio and California since July.
The shooter then fired at the officers before driving towards Odessa.
Daniel Munoz, 28, of Odessa, was headed to a bar to meet a friend when he noticed the driver of an approaching vehicle was holding what appeared to be a rifle.
"We're still scared, we're terrified, said Olivas, who attended the vigil service". I thought she had gotten bit by a dog or something. "He let off at least three shots on me".
"I'm just trying to turn the corner and I got shot - I'm getting shot at?"
A man prays outside a hospital in Odessa, where some of the injured were being treated. What's the world coming to?