Report: Texas Shooter Made ‘Rambling’ Calls To FBI Before Committing Mass Murder
A new report revealed on Monday that 36-year-old Seth Ator, who murdered seven innocent people on Saturday in a mass shooting, had been contacting the authorities prior to the committing his crime.
NBC News reported on Monday that Ator was on a “downward spiral” and made “rambling” alls to police and the FBI before embarking on a shooting spree that took the lives of seven innocent bystanders.
According to reports, Ator had been fired just hours before opening fire.
“Right after that firing he called 911 … and so did his employer,” Odessa police chief Michael Gerke told reporters. “And basically they were complaining at each other because they had a disagreement over that firing.”
The killer called the FBI’s national tip line and went off in nonsensical statements, authorities said.
“It was, frankly, rambling, statements about some of the atrocities that he felt he had gone through,” said Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in San Antonio. “He did not make a threat in that phone call.”
In both calls to authorities, Ator did not give any hints he was about to kill seven people, authorities said.
“It’s a rambling statement. He rambled a lot in all of his contacts,” Gerke said. “No threats.”
According to authorities, who looked through Ator’s home on Sunday, Ator was not mentally well.
While the FBI and police stopped well short of explaining the killer’s motive, they painted a picture of a man who’d been struggling for a long period of time.
“It’s a very strange residence. It’s very small. I can tell you the conditions reflect what we believe his mental state was going into this,” Combs said.
“He was a long spiral of going down. He didn’t wake up Saturday morning and walk into his company and then it happened. He went to that company in trouble, probably been in trouble for a while … we really need the public’s help to reach out to us when they see people in that downward spiral that may be on that road to violence.”