By Townhall. The 36-year-old man who went on a shooting rampage Saturday in the Odessa-Midland area of Texas was fired from his job at a trucking company hours before he indiscriminately opened fire on people.
The shooting began with a routine traffic stop after he failed to use a turn signal. The man then opened fire on police and led officials on a high-speed chase during which he fired on people, killing seven and injuring 22 others. . .
Despite the revelation that he had been terminated from his job hours before, authorities said a clear motivation had yet to be determined. (Read more from “Texas Gunman Reportedly Fired Day of Killing Spree” HERE)
FBI: Texas Shooter ‘on Long Spiral Down.’ Here’s What We Know
By USA Today. he gunman who killed seven people and left at least 25 others injured on Saturday was fired from his job that morning and “on a long spiral down.”
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at Monday news conference Seth Aaron Ator, 36, and his employer at Journey Oilfield Services both called 911 Saturday to complain about the other over the firing. The shooter made a “rambling statement,” but no threats were made. . .
Ator left the business before officers arrived and then called the FBI’s tipline. In that call he also made no threats of violence, Gerke said. . .
FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs said the shooter’s home was “a very strange residence” that reflected his mental state.
“He was on a long spiral of going down,” Combs said, after a search of the property west of Odessa. “He didn’t wake up Saturday morning and go into his company and then it happened. He went to that company in trouble and had probably been in trouble for a while.” (Read more from “FBI: Texas Shooter ‘on Long Spiral Down.’ Here’s What We Know” HERE)