Meet Seth Ator PICTURED is Odessa gunman who killed seven and injured 22 with an AR-type rifle
PICTURED: Odessa gunman who killed seven and injured 22 with an AR-type rifle is identified as Seth Ator, 26, after police chief REFUSED to name him and said they have NO motive for the rampage
Authorities on Sunday released a photo of Seth Ator, 36, who was identified as the alleged gunman behind Saturday's shooting in Odessa, Texas
Two law enforcement confirmed Ator's name to AP about an hour after Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke told reporters he would not reveal the gunman's identity at a press conference on Sunday
Gerke said the name would eventually come out but would not be released through media sources
He was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa on Saturday
Gerke said he was a resident of Ector County with a criminal record and that he used an assault rifle in the shooting which left seven dead - aged 15 to 57 - and 22 injured, including a 17-month-old girl and a cop
Texas Gov Greg Abbott also spoke at the press conference and told residents: 'All Texans stand with you'
The active shooter situation began with an attempted traffic stop for failure to signal by a Texas Depart of Public Safety officer on Saturday at about 3.15pm CST
The fleeing suspect shot the officer, hijacked a US Postal Service mail van and fired at random motorists
Shocking witness video shows police confronting the suspect outside the theater and engaging in a shootout
Authorities on Sunday released a photograph showing the man who is allegedly responsible for the shooting rampage in western Texas that killed at least seven people and wounded nearly two dozen others, but said that they did not have a motive for the shooting yet.
The gunman who carried out the mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator, two law enforcement officials told AP. He was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa on Saturday afternoon.
Police had previously only said that the suspect was a white male in his 30s.
Although police did not have a specific motive for the shooting yet, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said during a news conference that the shooter 'showed up at a movie theater which would tend to show his motive.' He also suggested that more people could've died if police hadn't killed him outside the cinema, according to Fox News.
It's unclear how much ammunition Ator had with him when the shooting spree started and whether the traffic stop inspired, interrupted or altered larger plans he might've had for the shootings.