Schumer calls on McConnell to take up background check bill after Texas shooting
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up legislation that would expand background checks on gun purchases following a shooting Saturday in Texas in which five people were killed.Schumer tweeted that the Senate should take up H.R. 8 in response to the shooting, which would expand background checks to gun purchases between private individuals and require a licensed firearm dealer take possession of the weapon during the process. "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, & everyone injured in the shooting in Odessa & Midland, TX.
Seven people were killed, in addition to the gunman, and at least 21 others were wounded in a mass shooting in Texas. The gunman fled from state troopers who had tried to pull him over. The gunman then hijacked a United States postal van and indiscriminately fired a rifle at people before authorities shot and killed him outside a movie theater in Odessa.
(Pictured) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference concerning Saturday's shooting on Sept. 1 in Odessa, Texas. From left are Christopher Combs, FBI Special Agent in Charge, San Antonio, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke and Abbott.
An FBI agent investigates the home of Seth Ator on Sept. 1, following the shooting he committed, according to the local police.
Daniel Munoz breaks down during an interview on Sept. 1, after being injured in Saturday's shooting.
Officers inspect a car in the aftermath of a deadly shooting spree, on Sept. 1.
Law enforcement officials process a scene involved in Saturday's shooting, on Sept. 1.
Bullet holes are seen in a car's window on Sept. 1.
Law enforcement officials investigate at a shopping center on Sept. 1.
Fans stand during a moment of silence observed by the Rangers and the Mariners in remembrance of those killed in the shootings, on Sept. 1, in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Nathaniel B. Ott, M.D. is interviewed on Sept. 1. Ott attended to one of Saturday's shooting victims outside his center.
Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene at a local car dealership following a shooting in Odessa, Texas on Sept. 1.
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.
A U.S. Mail vehicle, right, which was involved in Saturday's shooting, is pictured outside the Cinergy entertainment center on Sept. 1.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents speak with a local police officer in a gravel lot movie theater on Sept. 1.
Police tape is seen as Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene on Sept. 1.
Flowers hang on the Odessa Police Department sign following a deadly shooting spree, on Sept. 1.
A vehicle with a broken window is seen as Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene on Sept. 1.
A member of the Odessa Fire Rescue monitors the scene at a local car dealership on Sept. 1.
Police tape and evidence is seen as Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene on Sept. 1.
Police cars and tape block off a crime scene where a gunman was shot and killed at Cinergy Odessa movie theater on Aug. 31 in Odessa, Texas.
Odessa shooting: Abbott laments failed background check for gunman
Greg Abbott has resisted calls to convene a special session of the Texas Legislature to tackle gun violence.
People are evacuated from Cinergy Odessa cinema following a shooting in this image taken from a social media video on Aug. 31.
In this image made from video provided by Dustin Fawcett, police officers guard on a street in Odessa, Texas on Aug. 31.
A police car parked outside The Medical Center Hospital, where victims of a mass shooting were being treated on Aug. 31.
Police tape marks the scene outside a Twin Peaks restaurant on Aug. 31.
Police arrive at Cinergy Odessa cinema following a shooting in this image taken from a social media video on Aug. 31.
Police officers investigate the scene at Cinergy Odessa movie theater on Aug. 31.
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West Texas shooter got AR-style weapon used in rampage through private sale
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.
The gunman who killed seven people and injured more than 20 in a shooting rampage around Odessa, Texas, purchased his weapon from a private seller, a transaction that does not require a background check, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
Investigators are now looking into who sold the weapon to 36-year-old Seth Ator, who failed a gun background check in 2014 because, law enforcement officials told NBC News, he had a disqualifying mental health issue.
If the person who sold the gun to Ator knew of his mental health issues, that seller could face criminal charges. © Callaghan O'Hare Image: Officials investigate a stolen mail truck used by Seth Ator during a shooting in Odessa, Texas, on Sept. 1, 2019.
The House passed a bill in February that would require background checks for nearly all private sales, except those involving family members. But the Senate won't act on it until President Donald Trump makes his position clear.
Ator had been fired by his employer, Journey Oil Field Services, on Saturday, right before he went on his rampage in the neighboring cities of Odessa and Midland.
He was killed in a shootout with police.
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.