Gunman’s ‘downward spiral’ detailed

National News

September 3, 2019 - 10:07 AM

A crashed U.S. Postal Service vehicle and Odessa Police vehicle are seen late Saturday at a Cinergy movie theatre in Odessa, Texas. THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/RYAN MICHAELESKO/TNS

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage “was on a long spiral of going down” and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both before and after the shooting began, authorities said.

Officers killed 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator on Saturday outside a busy Odessa movie theater after a spate of violence that spanned 10 miles, injuring around two dozen people in addition to the dead.

FBI special agent Christopher Combs said Monday that Ator called the agency’s tip line as well as local police dispatch on Saturday after being fired from Journey Oilfield Services, making “rambling statements about some of the atrocities that he felt that he had gone through.”

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