Investigators piece together Odessa shooting

Investigators piece together Odessa shooting


By Alicia Acuna
FOX News

Federal, state and Odessa investigators have not yet released a motive in this weekend's shooting spree.

Texas state troopers say two of their own tried to pull over a driver in Midland, for not using a turn signal. But the driver shot out his back window, injuring one trooper. This began what authorities say they had never encountered.

The driver headed 20 miles west to Odessa, continuing to shoot, terrorizing families and drivers.

Nothing could have prepared us for a moving, active shooter tragedy that happened," said Odessa Mayor David Turner.

Police stopped the rampage at a movie theater, ramming the U.S. Postal Service vehicle he stole.

"You'll notice that I'm not naming the subject, and there's a reason for that," Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said. "I refuse to...I'm not gonna give him any notoriety for what he did."

Seven people were killed, ages ranging 15 to 57. More than 20 were injured, including the trooper, two police officers and 17-month-old Anderson Davis.

The day before the shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott held his first domestic terrorism task force meeting, convened after 22 people were killed in El Paso. 

"I'm tired of the dying for the people the state of Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning," Abbott said.

New state gun laws went into effect Sunday, loosening some restrictions.

The governor tweeted the gunman had a criminal history and he didn't go through a background check for the gun he used in Odessa.

Agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now investigating how exactly the gunman got his hands on the AR-style rifle used Saturday.

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