UPDATE 9.3.19: FBI special agent Christopher Combs said Ator called the agency’s tip line as well as local police dispatch on Saturday after being fired from Journey Oilfield Services, making “rambling statements about some of the atrocities that he felt that he had gone through.” Combs said Ator “showed up to work enraged” but did not point to any specific source of his anger.
Ator was “a violent, aggressive person” that would shoot at animals, mostly rabbits, at all hours of the night. “We were afraid of him because you could tell what kind of person he was just by looking at him. He was not nice, he was not friendly, he was not polite.”
Rocio Gutierrez, a neighbor
UPDATE 9.2.19: Texas authorities on Sunday said the gunman who opened fire the day before—killing seven and injuring at least 22—had been fired from his trucking job just hours before the shooting rampage.
Seth Ator, 36, murdered at least seven (7) people in Odessa, Texas. Was arrested in 2001 for criminal trespass and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, has a 2014 charge of public intoxication, and also a 2018 traffic citation for a federal motor carrier safety violation, according to Ector County court records.
Ator’s neighbor, Veronica Alonzo, reported he approached her last month while holding a rifle and yelled at her for leaving trash in a nearby dumpster.
She also claimed Ator frequently fired from a structure on top of his house at night, shooting into his yard, and then retrieve a dead animal from it. A LinkedIn account for Seth Ator said he was a truck driver. A Facebook page for Seth Ator contained only one photo of Ator posted in 2012. The account has now been deleted.
Police suggest no motive. We all know officers had originally stopped Ator’s gold Honda for allegedly failing to signal prior to making a left-hand turn. He went on a shooting rampage killing at least seven people between the ages of 15 and 57 years.
Why? Nation Continues To Ask
Thirty percent of U.S. adults say they personally own a gun, while a larger percentage, 43%, report living in a gun household. Sixty percent of Canadian households have at least one firearm. Although more people have guns in Canada, Canadians do not shoot each other as do Americans. USA has about ten times population of Canada. [source]
Copycat? In search of notoriety? Mental health issues? Failure to care properly for our young men? Unclear what his motive may have been. Authorities say they believe he acted alone.
Ator lived in a home, set back half mile from the main road, and more closely resembled a shack. The home has what appears to be a makeshift tower on top and the area is surrounded by oil wells that outnumber nearby trailers.
Where Is True Love?
My friend, Milo Spindt, posted a meme today: Diversity is having a seat at the table; inclusion is having a voice; and belonging is having that voice be heard.
Why so many White young men? Missing love? Black men kill. Our inner cities suffer unacceptable levels of violence by African Americans each day. We know there is little love in our inner cities. As a nation, we simply refuse to recognize the pain and suffering these people endure.
Leading politician Beto O’Rourke, “This is fucked up!” Not much help really. Better than “Thoughts and Prayers,” I guess.
In the northwest USA, there is an “anti-fascist” and liberal movement growing. They want to go to war with those in the southeast USA who they consider to be KKK, racist and conservative. Both sides seem to prefer violence. Nobody seems able to talk, compromise or find common ground. Is Civil War coming to America?
Inner City Murders
Chicago’s 2018 murder total fell for second straight year but still topped 530 human beings.
Chief James Craig said there were 261 criminal homicides in Detroit for 2018, down from 267 in 2017. Total from 2017 marked the fewest number of homicides since 1966, when there were 214, Detroit News reported.
Yet no major American city has come close to Chicago’s soaring murder total in the past few years. The Windy City witnessed nearly 1,900 homicides between 2015 and 2017, a period during which the next-closest city, Baltimore, registered around 1,000.
When adjusting for population, Chicago is by no means the nation’s “murder capital.” For decades, it has had fewer murders per capita than many other U.S. cities with smaller populations, according to FBI data going back to 1985.
St. Louis led the nation with 66.1 murders per 100,000 residents in 2017, according to the FBI’s most recent yearly statistics: followed by Baltimore (55.8 per 100,000), Detroit (39.8 per 100,000), New Orleans (39.5 per 100,000) and Baton Rouge, Louisiana (38.3 per 100,000).
We’re nearing the 18th anniversary of the 9.11 attacks. Still at war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the names and details of the troops killed just this year. Information about two Americans killed August 21st have yet to be released.
Details of the other 13 U.S. soldiers and Marines killed in combat so far this year follow:
July 29: Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio died as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident in southern Afghanistan. He was with the 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg.
July 29: Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance, 24, of Chicago died as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident in southern Afghanistan. He too was with the 82nd Airborne Division.
July 13: Special Forces Sgt. Maj. James “Ryan” Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, died in Faryab, a province in the north bordering Turkmenistan, as a result of “enemy small arms fire.”
June 30: Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins, 31, from Ogden, Utah, died in Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group
June 25: Special Forces Master Sgt. Micheal Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany, assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, died in Uruzgan province of wounds sustained from small arms fire during combat.
June 25: Explosives ordnance disposal specialist Sgt. James Johnston, 24, of Trumansburg, N.Y., died in Uruzgan province of wounds sustained in combat from small arms fire.
April 8: U.S. Marine Cpl. Robert Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, N.Y., was killed during combat operations in Parwan province.
April 8: U.S. Marine Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania, was killed during combat operations in Parwan province.
April 8: U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, an FDNY firefighter from Newark, Delaware, was killed during combat operations in Parwan province.
March 22: Explosives ordnance disposal specialist Spc. Joseph Collette, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, died in Kunduz province as a result of wounds sustained during combat operations.
March 22: Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado, assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, died in Kunduz province as a result of wounds sustained during combat operations.
January 22: Green Beret Staff Sgt. Joshua Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), died as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Uruzgan province.
January 17: Army Ranger Sgt. Cameron Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas, died at Landstuhl regional medical center in Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from small arms fire during combat operations on January 13, in Badghis province. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
WE ARE A VIOLENT PEOPLE
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