Texas gunman who killed 7 had been fired just hours before shootings

Odessa Community members gather for a prayer vigil at the University of Texas Permian Basin in Odessa Texas Sunday Sept. 1 2019. AP  PTI

Texas police hunting for two possible gunmen as 20 injured in shooting

President Donald Trump called the Odessa-Midland shooter "a very sick person", but said background checks on gun buyers would not have prevented recent US gun violence.

Combs said the place where Ator lived was "a odd residence" and that the condition reflected "what his mental state was going into this".

Moving forward will be hard, Turner said "but with strength and a "whatever-it-takes" spirit we will show this community, our state and our nation, what it means to be West Texans". Police pursued Ator to the back of a movie theater in Odessa, where they shot and killed him. This comes after Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said he didn't want to give the shooter notoriety by releasing his identity to the public.

It was initially believed there were two shooters and Midland police had earlier said one suspect was driving a US Postal Service van, and another was believed to be in a gold and white Toyota truck.

Before it stopped, "the male driver (and only occupant in the vehicle) pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his auto and fired several shots toward the DPS patrol unit", the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement. The gunshots struck a trooper, Cesinger said, after which the gunman took off and continued shooting.

On Sunday, an Odessa city spokesman told reporters that there were now eight confirmed deaths, including the shooter - three in Midland and five in Odessa - NBC affiliate NewsWest9 reported. "Local law enforcement and state troopers pursed him and stopped him from possibly going into a crowded movie theater and having another event of mass violence", said Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Christopher Combs.

Abbott named several similar incidents: the Dallas shootings that killed police officers, then Sutherland Springs, then Santa Fe High School, then El Paso and now Odessa/Midland.

The shooting came at the end of an already violent month in Texas, where on August 3 a gunman in the border city of El Paso killed 22 people at a Walmart.

Also killed was Kameron Brown, who worked for Standard Safety & Supply, the company said.

"Traffic stops remain among the most risky interactions that officers face", said Robyn Small, the fund's public relations director. I thought she had got bitten by a dog or something.

"I'm just trying to turn the corner and I got shot - I'm getting shot at?"

The death toll in Saturday's shooting in the city of Odessa in Texas, United States has risen to seven, including the attacker, authorities said.

The 17-month-old who was injured was airlifted to University medical Center in Lubbock, where she remained in satisfactory condition, hospital officials said. The database tracks homicides where four or more people are killed, not including the offender. Too many Texans are in mourning.

This latest shooting took place hours after a series of firearms laws that loosen gun restrictions went into effect in Texas. "I'm exhausted of the dying of the people of the state of Texas. the status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed".

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