Here’s what we know about the mass shooting in Midland-Odessa on 08/31/19 that left seven people dead and many more injured, as revealed through press conferences with Odessa PD Chief Michael Gerke:
- Shooter was identified as Seth Ator, 36, of Ector County.
- Ator had been fired from Journey Oilfield Services that morning.
- Odessa 9-1-1 had been called by both him and by his employer in regards to being fired. Ator's statements were rambling, but no threats were made.
- Ator called the FBI National Tip Line. Again, rambling statements were made, but no threats.
- Approximately 15 minutes later, just after 3pm, DPS troopers attempt to make a traffic stop of Ator for failure to signal along I-20 at mile marker 131. That's when the driver reportedly pointed a rifle at the rear window of his car and began firing his weapon.
A DPS Trooper and civilians were shot on the interstate.
According to OPD, the suspect shot at civilians on East Loop 338 and I-20 before he stole a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and continued the shooting spree.
The shootings continued along State Highway 191 until the suspect stopped at the Cinergy Movie Theater.
At the theater, the suspect shot an Odessa police officer and a Midland police officer before he was killed by Law Enforcement.
A total of 25 people were injured and seven people were killed by the shooter.
- At one point, it was believed by law enforcement that there were 2 active shooters. This proved to be false. Ator switched vehicles by hijacking a USPS white minivan and murdered the driver, Mary Granados, 29, of Odessa.
- Ator had a previous criminal history of misdemeanors.
- At one point, he had attempted to purchase a firearm, but his application was denied due to his background check. ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) is investigating how he was able to obtain the firearm used.
- After a search of Ator's property, FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs stated "The conditions reflect what we believe his mental state was. Going into this, he didn't wake up Saturday morning and walk into his company and then it happened. He went into that company in trouble. He'd probably been in trouble for a while."
-Leilah Hernandez, 15, Odessa
-Edwin Peregrino, 25, Odessa
-Mary Granados, 29, Odessa
-Kameron Karltess Brown, 30, Brownwood
-Raul Garcia, 35, El Paso
-Joe Griffith, 40, Odessa
-Rodolfo Julio Arco, 57, Odessa
22 of 25 Injured:
-Anderson Davis, 17 months, Odessa
-Nathan Hernandez, 18, Odessa
-Jesus Alvidrez, 21, Gardendale
-Maria Boado, 27, Haileah, FL.
-Daniel Munoz, 28, Yuma, AZ.
-Larry Shores, 34, Abilene
-Krystal Lee, 36, Odessa
-Robert Cavasoz, 38, Alice, TX.
-Marc Gonzales, 38, Odessa
-Quadri Fatai, 41, Houston
-Efe Obayagbona, 45, Round Rock, TX
-Lilia Diaz, 46, Odessa
-Coy Edge, 53, Odessa
-Timmothy Hardaway, 54, Brownwood
-Timmoth Beard, 55, San Antonio
-Joseph Glide, 60, Odessa
-Marco Corral, 62, San Diego, CA.
-Glenda Dempsy, 62, Odessa
-Bradley Grimsley, 64, Clarksville, TX.
-Chuck Pryor, Texas Department of Public Safety
-Zachary Owens, Midland Police Department
-James Santana, Odessa Police Department