AP source: Texas shooter purchased rifle at private sale
ODESSA, Texas — The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that previously blocked him from getting a gun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.
Responding police officers killed 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator on Saturday outside a busy Odessa movie theater after a spate of violence that spanned 10 miles, injuring around two dozen people in addition to the dead.
A neighbor of Ator's, Rocio Gutierrez, said Ator was “a violent, aggressive person” who would shoot at animals, mostly rabbits, at all hours of the night