Seth Aaron Ator background probed for Odessa shooting motive

Seth Aaron Ator background probed for Odessa shooting motive

The gunman was killed in a shootout with police Saturday.

Later, as Trump attended a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Hurricane Dorian, he said he is committed to finding ways to "substantially reduce" the frequency of mass shootings by keeping firearms out of the hands of risky people, imposing harsher penalties for gun-related offenses, and expanding mental-health services.

Police say a man hijacked a postal truck and began shooting people at random in the Midland and Odessa areas of Texas on Saturday in a chaotic afternoon that ended with police shooting the gunman dead. Leila Hernandez, 15, a high school student in Odessa, has been named as one of the deceased victims by her family and friends. When it was over, 7 people were dead, ages 15 to 57, and more than 20 were wounded. "I tried calling her name and she wouldn't answer", she said.

Last month, a gunman killed 22 people and wounded another 24 in El Paso, Texas, while another assailant killed nine and injured 27 in Dayton, Ohio. The injured included three law enforcement officers, as well as a 17-month-old girl who sustained injuries to her face and chest. All are in stable condition.

While the motive for the attack is yet to be ascertained, the investigators have ruled out any possible connection to domestic or worldwide terrorism, CNN reported.

"This is my street instincts: When a vehicle is approaching you and you see a gun of any type, just get down", said Munoz, who moved from San Diego about a year ago to work in oil country. Ott said that as he and a paramedic were working on the woman, the shooter drove back by.

Of the three injured law enforcement officers, one was a trooper from the Department of Public Safety and the other two from Midland and Odessa police departments.

"I think you're going to see some interesting things coming along", Trump said without providing further detail.

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The man, who was in his 30s, opened fire around 3 pm (local time) after he was pulled over.

"I believe that is when the shooter was killed", he added.

Most recently, Trump has called for greater attention to mental health, saying that new facilities are needed for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings.

Saturday's mass shooting underscores that the recurrent problem of gun violence in the United States is aggravating. Police said there are "multiple gunshot victims" in West Texas after reports of gunfire on Saturday in the area of Midland and Odessa.

President Donald Trump said he has been briefed about the incident by Attorney General William Barr.

Speaking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Vice President Mike Pence said "our hearts break" for the shooting victims.

"I have been to too many of these events", Abbott said.

"I am heartbroken by the crying of the people in the state of Texas. I'm exhausted of the dying of the people of the state of Texas. the status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed".