The Associated Press reports:
Odessa police say the man who killed seven people in West Texas has been identified as Seth Aaron Ator. Police posted the update on Facebook. They say he is a 36-year-old from Odessa. They didn’t provide any additional info.
State police attempted to stop Ator on Saturday for a traffic violation, when he opened fire. They say he went on more than 10-mile shooting rampage, hijacking a mail carrier truck and firing at random as he drove in the area of Odessa and Midland.
He shot more than 20 people before being killed by officers outside a movie theater. The dead ranged in age from 15 to 57 years old.
Police say the shootings began during a traffic stop on Interstate 20 westbound near mile marker 131. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver was in a gold vehicle.
The car was still moving when the gunman, now identified as Ator, “pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his car and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit.” Officials shared during a press conference Sunday afternoon that the weapon was an AR-style rifle.
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