AP source: Texas shooter pur­chased ri­fle at pri­vate sale

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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

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