Suspect identified in Odessa mass shooting

Seth Ator, 36. (DPS Photo)
Seth Ator, 36. (DPS Photo)(KOSA)
Published: Aug. 31, 2019 at 4:05 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The suspect in Saturday's mass shooting has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator of Odessa.


A mass shooting left seven people dead and many more injured in Odessa on Saturday. The suspect in the shooting has been killed.

Officials say the shooting started just after 3 p.m. when DPS Troopers tried to pull over a vehicle along I-20 at mile marker 131.

That's when the driver reportedly pointed a rifle at the rear window of the car and began firing his weapon.

A DPS Trooper and civilians were shot on the interstate.

According to OPD, the suspect shot at civilians on East Loop 338 and I-20 before they stole a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and continued the shooting spree.

The shootings continued along State Highway 191 until the suspect stopped at the Cinergy Movie Theater.

At the theater, the suspect shot an Odessa police officer and a Midland police officer before he was killed.

A total of 19 people were injured in the shooting and seven people were killed. According to the City of Odessa, five victims died in Odessa while three others died in Midland. One passed away at the Midland Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning.

All three law enforcement officers who were shot are now listed in stable condition. The Midland police officer has been identified as


One of the victims has been identified as

, a postal worker.

The United States Postal Service released the following statement on Granados' passing:

"The Postal Service is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred yesterday in the Midland-Odessa area. We are especially grieving the loss of our postal family member, letter carrier Mary Granados, age 29, and we continue to keep her family in our thoughts. The United States Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, is working closely with our law enforcement partners to assist with the investigation."

14 victims were taken to Medical Center Hospital for treatment. One of the victims passed away at the hospital. 17-month-old

was transferred to a Lubbock hospital for treatment.

Of the remaining victims, one person is in critical condition, three people are in serious condition and seven people are in fair condition.

One person has been treated and released.

MCH states that its blood supply is okay.

The Odessa Regional Medical Center treated a total of six victims. Four have been released from the hospital while two remain in critical condition.

Officials have shared what you can do if you're looking for friends and family following Saturday's shooting.

A family reunification center has been established at the Ector County Annex building at 1010 East 8th Street in Odessa.

You can also check

The FBI is asking anyone with information about this shooting to contact the FBI's National Threat Operations Center at 1 (800) 225-5324.

Tips may also be reported anonymously online at