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Texas mass shooter who killed 7 in Odessa identified

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Texas shooter who killed 7 in Odessa identified

by Perry Vandell, Arizona Republic

PHOENIX – The mass shooter who killed at least seven people and wounded 22 in the Midland and Odessa area of Texas has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator.

At a Sunday afternoon news conference, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said police knew the shooter's identity, but refused to release it to the media. Gerke said he wouldn't give the mass shooter additional notoriety.

The shooter was later named in a Facebook post by the Odessa Police Department.

The incident began when a gold-colored car was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper for failing to signal.

Police say the shooter grabbed a rifle and shot at a pair of troopers through the rear-view window – wounding one – before driving away. He then sped off and continued his rampage, firing at motorists and pedestrians before hijacking a U.S. Postal Service truck.

The shooter was killed after being chased by officers from neighboring cities Midland and Odessa.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/01/texas-shooting-gunman-identified-seth-ator/2188123001/