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Police: Texas gunman was fired from job, called FBI before shooting

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Police: Texas gunman was fired from job, called FBI before shooting

By Paul J. Weber

Associated Press

ODESSA, Texas - The gunman in a spate of violence after a routine traffic stop in West Texas had just been fired from his job and called both police and the FBI before the shooting began, authorities said Monday.

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator had been fired over the weekend from Journey Oilfield Services. He said both Ator and the company called 911 after being fired Saturday but that Ator was gone by the time police showed up. FBI special agent Christopher Combs says Ator's statements on the phone were "rambling."

Authorities said Ator killed seven people and injured at least 22 others Saturday before officers killed him outside a busy movie theater in Odessa.

FBI special agent Christopher Combs said Ator "was on a long spiral down" before the shooting on the day he was fired. He went to work that day "in trouble," Combs said. He said the place where Ator lived was "a strange residence" and that the condition reflected "what his mental state was going into this."

 

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