Last updated on September 4, 2019
The gunman who killed seven people and injured 23 others at a rampage across West Texas on Saturday acquired the assault-style gun utilized through a private sale after he had been prohibited from using a firearm since he had been diagnosed with a mental disease, media reported.
The gunman, identified as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, completed the shooting spree at the neighboring towns of Midland and Odessa, soon after he had been fired from his paychecks job. He predicted localized emergency 911 responders then an FBI tip line to produce rambling statements, but failed to threaten to commit violence, officials explained.
Following the calls, Ator opened fire on civilians and police officers at a roving string of shootings, at a stage hijacking a U.S. Postal Service truck before perishing in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement, authorities said.
Ator purchased the assault-style gun via a private sale after being banned by federal law from possessing a firearm because he was diagnosed with a mental illness with a clinician, ABC news reported, citing national and local law enforcement.
Personal firearm sellers aren’t needed to conduct background checks on potential customers, but they aren’t permitted to market a weapon to someone that has been flagged by law enforcement under national law.
Democrats in Congress wish to close such loopholes which allow certain individuals to sell firearms without needing background checks, like in sales conducted on the internet, at gun shows or outside of the houses.
President Donald Trump known as the Odessa-Midland shot”that a very sick individual,” but stated improved background checks on gun buyers wouldn’t have prevented many mass shootings in the USA in the last couple of decades.
Trump said last month he’d spoken to the National Rifle Association gun rights group regarding closing loopholes in history checks, however he didn’t need to remove the inherent right to firearms.
The rampage followed the Aug. 3 shooting at El Paso, Texas, with a guy from the Dallas region, in a massacre that killed 22 people.