Seth Ator Biography
Seth Ator is a resident of Odessa, Texas, was first named as the assailant by CBS News, citing law-enforcement sources.
Seth Ator Age
He was 36 years old.
Seth Ator Assault Rifle
The assault rifle-toting madman who killed seven people and wounded more than 20 others in a roving Texas spree was identified Sunday as Seth Ator.
Seth Ator Start the Texas Mass Shooting
Police say the shootings began during a traffic stop on Interstate 20 westbound near mile marker 131. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver was in a gold vehicle. The car was still moving when the gunman, now identified as Ator, “pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit.” Officials shared during a press conference Sunday afternoon that the weapon was an AR-style rifle.
One of the two troopers was shot and the suspect fled the scene. Police have confirmed that the driver was pulled over for a traffic violation, specifically for a “failure to signal.” Officials added that there was not an active warrant for the man at the time of the traffic stop.
Odessa Police said the gunman continued to fire from his moving vehicle at random people as he drove through Midland and Odessa. He shot a civilian at east Loop 338 and I-20, then headed through the city of Odessa and kept firing.
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke explained that the gunman abandoned his original vehicle and hijacked a United States Postal Service mail truck. The mail carrier who had been operating the truck was identified as Mary Granados. She was shot and killed.
The gunman then made his way toward a movie complex called Cinergy on Highway 191 in Odessa. Officers cornered him in the parking lot at the theater. A gun battle ensued and the suspect was shot and killed by officers at the scene. The video embedded above was recorded by a witness.
Seth Ator Suspect Shooter Texas Mass Shooting
When his gold Toyota pick-up truck was pulled over for a minor signaling infraction along a stretch of I-20 near Midland, Texas, on Saturday, Ator blasted approaching state troopers, seriously wounding one, authorities have said.
He then peeled off, firing indiscriminately with his AR-style rifle out of the truck as he floored it towards Odessa, authorities said.
Along the way, he killed a USPS worker and hijacked her mail truck, continuing the spree, officials said.
He made his last stand in the parking lot of an Odessa movie theater, where he was killed in a shootout with cops as horrified onlookers prayed for their lives.
Authorities are yet to identify a concrete motive behind the onslaught.
Police had originally been looking for two potential gunmen. But after Ator was shot, officials stated that there was no longer a threat of an active shooter. Investigators now say they are confident the gunman acted alone.
The latest on what we know on the #TexasShooting:
+ The gunman worked alone
+ The shooting left 8 people dead, including the shooter
+ 22 others were injured
+ The @WSJ, citing law enforcement, has identified the shooter as 36-year-old Seth Atorhttps://t.co/rifspi6lJg
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 1, 2019
Seth Ator was the gunman, went on a rampage throughout the Texas communities after a traffic stop, shooting 21 people and killing 5 of them. GoFundMe pages have also been set up to help the families of Mary Granados, Leila Hernandez, a teenage girl killed in the shooting spree, and Anderson Davis, a 17-month-old girl who was wounded but survived. Authorities have yet to officially identify the victims. They say that three law enforcement officers were wounded. Other accounts have given the officer’s name as Zac or Zach Owens, but the GoFundMe page uses the spelling Zack and online records give his name as Zackary Owens.
Seth Ator Criminal History
Odessa Police was asked during Sunday’s press conference if the gunman had a prior criminal record. They answered at the time that the suspect had prior cases that had come up during a search of his driver’s license.
A search of online records for Seth Ator brings up a charge of “Criminal Trespass” from August 1, 2001, which was a Class B Misdemeanor. A second charge for evading arrest was filed the next day. The record shows that Ator issued a guilty plea in that case and received a sentence of 24 months on probation.
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