Texas Police Identify Odessa-Midland Spree Killer

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Odessa-Midland Killer Seth Ator

Seth Ator has been identified as the accused gunman who was shot and killed by police after a rampage in Odessa and Midland, Texas, according to Odessa, Texas, Police officers.

Police said the shooter was killed by responding police officers at the Cinergy movie complex located in Odessa. The incident began around 3:15 p.m (CST) on Saturday, August 31, as an attempted traffic stop along Interstate 20.

A statement from City of Odessa Director of Communications Devin Sanchez said, “There are 8 confirmed deaths now (3 in Midland and 5 in Odessa). This includes the shooter and the victim who was pronounced deceased this morning at Midland Memorial.”

A statement from Trevor Tankersley, public relations director for the Midland Medical Center and Hospital, said, “We’ve seen a total of 14 patients related to shooting. 1 remains in critical. 3 are in serious. 7 are in fair. 1 treated and released. 1 pediatric patient flown to Lubbock and 1 deceased.”

“We’ve had calls, which is to be expected because obviously our citizens are a little jumpy after this, which is also to be expected,” the chief told the press conference. “But once this individual was taken out of the picture, there have been no more victims,” said Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.

On Sunday morning, President Trump praised law enforcement and first responders in Texas. He also denounced the gunman as “another very sick person.” Vice President Pence spoke with reporters Saturday night and stressed that the “full resources of the federal government” were on-site in Texas to offer assistance.

The gunsmoke hadn’t even cleared in West Texas, when Democratic Party presidential candidates, lawmakers, political activists and their mainstream propaganda machine began to once again complain about Americans’ easy access to firearms. One of that party’s key issues is the need to “redefine” the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Numerous Democrats put on a moving dramatic performance with their fellow political travelers such as CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and other major news outlets. They reminded their audiences that their blocked gun-control agenda is necessary in order to end the epidemic of shooting sprees. One of the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates tweeted that the current situation with gun-toting killers was “f—ed up.”

In a video of himself that he tweeted, Beto O’Rourke said, “There is no reason we have to accept this as our fortune, as our future.” O’Rourke also said in his video which  he tweeted that also includes him “using profanity about the shooting.”


Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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