Published On: Sun, Sep 1st, 2019

Seth Aaron Ator identified as Texas shooter, killed at least 7, injured over 20, Mary Granados was one victim

The Odessa police in Texas finally identified the shooter in the deadly attack in Midland and Odessa yesterday, which killed at least seven people and wounded 22.

Seth Aaron Ator, 36, was identified during a Sunday afternoon press conference as Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke detailed the attack, refusing to release the name, but listing it on a Facebook post by the Odessa Police Department.

UPDATE: Ator called 911, FBI, failed background check and more details emerge

Seth Aaron Ator

Ator was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper for failing to signal in a gold-colored vehicle.

During that stop, Ator grabbed a rifle and shot at the two troopers through the rear window, injuring one, and then speeding away, firing at motorists and pedestrians.

Ator then hijacked a USPS truck and police chase took place with Ator ultimately being killed by police.

The mail carrier who had been operating the truck was identified as Mary Granados. She was shot and killed.

Officials shared during a press conference Sunday afternoon that the weapon used was an AR-style rifle.

“Very sincerely I say to those families I offer my apologies and my condolences,” Gerke said.

It was confirmed early Sunday that a high school student, Leilah Hernandez, was among those killed.

The Midland officer injured was identified as Zack Owens. He was shot multiple times in the arm and hand.

Ator was acting alone. Chief Gerke told reporters that there were no additional victims after Ator was shot and killed at Cinergy, leading police to conclude that the threat was over and that there was only one shooter.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas posted online, “Tonight we are one with the entire Midland-Odessa community, especially the victims of this horrific tragedy. I want to thank law enforcement and first responders for their courage in an impossible situation.”

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