NEW YORK, 2 Sep. –
The person responsible for the death of seven people last Saturday in the twin cities of Odessa-Midland, in Texas, was fired from his job as a truck driver hours before the shooting began, as was known this Monday shortly after his identity transcended , Seth Aaron Ator, Odessa's neighbor.
Ator, 36, was fired from the transport company he worked for on Saturday morning. A tin shack linked to Ator was registered by the security forces, but nothing relevant was found, local press reported.
At the moment the authorities have not given any motive for this attack, which also resulted in more than twenty injured, so they continue to investigate Ator's motivation and how he obtained an AR-type rifle.
Ator received the stop of state agents on Interstate 20 for not signaling a turn and struck down one of the agents shooting through the back window of his car. Then he escaped firing indiscriminately from the vehicle.
Then he got out of the car, abandoned him and took a van from the Postal Service after mortally wounding the wallet, Mary Grandos, 29. He was finally cornered by security forces in a parking lot at an Odessa cinema where he was shot dead.
“There is no response or reason at the moment, but we are sure that the subject acted alone,” explained Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke at a press conference.
Among the deceased would also be Edwin Peregrino, 25, who died in front of the house he had just moved to a few weeks ago; Leilah Hernandez, 15, who has just celebrated her 15-year-old party, and Joseph Griffith, 40, killed when he was waiting at a traffic light with his car with his wife and two children, according to 'The Washington Post'.
Among the injured is a 17-month-old girl who was shot in the face, but has been intervened and recovers without major setbacks. In addition there are three agents with gunshot wounds, one from Midland, one from Odessa and a state agent, all with a stable prognosis.