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Reports: Odessa, TX, shooter previously threatened man, suicide

ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – We are learning more about the shooter who took the lives of seven and injured more than 20 others over the weekend in Odes...
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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – We are learning more about the shooter who took the lives of seven and injured more than 20 others over the weekend in Odessa.

Citing the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, CNN reports back in 2001 a police report out of McLennan County shows that a woman reported Seth Ator had threatened her son and suicide.

The incident report out of McLennan County,states “Ator did threaten the life of her son” and that the threat followed “aseries of problems involving Ator and his relationship with a female member ofher family,” according to the CNN report.

Additionally, the CNN report shows the shooterwas arrested and charged with trespassing and a “suicide threat” shortly afterthe initial report was made in 2001.

Mental health has been at the forefront ofconversations following the mass shooting in Odessa. An FBI Special Agent saidearlier in the week that the shooter was in a “downward spiral” and that hishome was reflective of his mental state.

Law enforcement also noted that Ator had calledthe FBI tip line as well as 9-1-1 prior to the shooting spree in Odessa. Officialssay the shooter “rambled” during the calls.

He was shot and killed by law enforcement neara movie theater on Saturday afternoon. Since the tragedy, the communities inMidland and Odessa have rallied around one another.

There have been numerous vigils to honor thevictims. Fundraisers have reached thousands of dollars and support has pouredin from across the country.