CrimeWest Texas shooter got AR-style weapon used in rampage through private sale
Fort Worth father warned police his son might buy a gun for mass shooting
A Fort Worth father called police on his 27-year-old son, fearing the man was going to buy a gun and kill people. The father called police Sept. 3 and said his son had withdrawn money to buy guns. Police have interacted with the man before and know he is diagnosed with mental illness, officials said. The man was not allowed to buy weapons from several businesses because of his background check, police said. When officers found the man west of downtown Fort Worth, he had nearly $700 in cash and planned to buy a gun off the street. "He made multiple statements to officers indicating he was going to harm people," police officials said.
The suspect in a shooting spree across Odessa and Midland on Saturday purchased the weapon through a private sale, ABC has confirmed with multiple law enforcement and federal sources.
According to federal law, a private seller may not sell to a person who is flagged, but the seller isn't required to conduct a background check or ask the buyer's status, ABC says.
This private sale loophole is how 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator purchased the gun authorities say he used to kill seven and wound more than 20 others across a 10-mile stretch of Odessa and Midland, Texas.
Gunman in Texas shooting rampage armed with 'AR-type weapon,' acted alone, investigators say
The gunman in Saturday afternoon’s shooting rampage in West Texas was acting alone when he killed seven people with an “AR-type weapon,” investigators said Sunday. © FoxNews.com Former D.C. Detective Ted Williams says there was excellent work done by law enforcement agents to bring down the Texas shooter. Those who were killed ranged in age from 15 to 57, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said, suggesting more people could have died had police not killed the gunman outside a crowded movie theater. Two of the victims died overnight.
Over the weekend, Gov. Greg Abbott Abbott tweeted that Ator didn't go through a background check for the weapon he used in Odessa, but the governor did not elaborate.
Ator had previously failed a federal background check for a firearm, said John Wester, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Wester did not say when Ator failed the background check or why.
Officers killed Ator outside a busy Odessa movie theater following a 10-mile stretch of shootings.
The shootings come less than a month after 22 people died in a rampage at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
West Texas shooter failed background check after being adjudicated 'a mental defective,' sources say
The West Texas man who killed seven people and wounded 25 in a shooting rampage failed a background check during an attempted firearm purchase in 2014 because he had earlier been adjudicated "a mental defective" and temporarily committed to an institution, three law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday. © Tim Fischer/Midland Reporter-Telegram/AP CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE SOURCE TO THE MIDLAND REPORTER-TELEGRAM - Odessa and Midland police and sheriff's deputies surround the area behind Cinergy movie theater in Odessa, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, after reports of gunfire.
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