Police said they have identified the gunman in the latest Texas massacre who hijacked a United States postal van and indiscriminately fired a rifle at people before the authorities shot and killed him outside a movie theater in Odessa.
The gunman has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator of Odessa, according to N&G. Michael Gerke, the police chief in Odessa, Texas, said the man used an AR-15 style rifle in his rampage, which left seven dead—ranging in age from 15 to 57—and 22 injured.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said during the news conference that Ator didn’t have any apparent connections to terror groups, but that he did have a criminal record. No specifics were provided about those charges, according to Daily Mail.
Law enforcement officials initially declined to publicize the man’s identity saying they didn’t want to give the shooter any more notoriety.
The police chief suggested the gunman may have intended to enter the crowded movie theater, but he was shot dead before he could make his way inside, N&G reported.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also spoke at Sunday’s press conference and told affected residents, “All Texans stand with you.”
“As governor, 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 am tired of the dying of the people of Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed. Words alone are inadequate. Words must be met with actions. We have been working on solutions. We must broaden our efforts and we must do so quickly.”