7 killed in West Texas shooting
Anderson Davis, the 17-month-old girl injured in the West Texas shooting, will be undergoing surgery Monday, according to her mother.
Anderson's mother says she has shrapnel in her chest, her front teeth have been knocked out and she has hole through her bottom lip and tongue.
Anderson's family issued a statement to CNN:
"Words cannot express the emotions we are experiencing after living through the tragic events that unfolded in our home town yesterday afternoon. Our hearts are extremely heavy today. Many good, innocent, people lost their lives and were injured yesterday. Please keep all individuals, family, and friends affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers in the days, months, and years to come. Unfortunately, we cannot take back the tragic events that took place yesterday but now is the time to stand together as Texans, Americans, and most importantly as God’s people as we grieve and overcome this tragedy.
"The amount of love and support we have received from family, friends, and complete strangers is overwhelming. We are forever grateful for all of your thoughts, prayers, support, and donations. We ask for your continued prayers through this time of healing.
By the grace of God, Anderson is expected to make a full recovery.
"All of the first responders, staff and physicians at MCHS, AeroCare, and the staff and physicians at UMC In Lubbock were and have been absolutely amazing. Each healthcare professional that has helped heal our daughter has treated her as their own and as parents we couldn’t have asked for anything more.
"Although there is so much to grieve today, there is so much to be thankful for. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you: strangers who offered to help us on the street, first responders (on duty and off duty), staff and physicians at MCHS, AeroCare Pilot/Nurse/Paramedic, staff and physicians at UMC in Lubbock, friends, family, and all else who we have not mentioned. The terror that flooded the streets of West Texas would not have been stopped without the effort each and every one of you put forth. Thank You!
"We praise God for walking beside us during this time and our prayers go out to all of the families that are walking this same walk. We hurt so badly for the families whose loved ones didn’t survive this tragedy. We are thankful for our beautiful baby girl and look forward to reuniting her at home with her twin brother soon.
Kelby and Garret Davis"
Letter carrier Mary Granados, 29, with the United States Postal Service was killed in the shootings in Odessa on Saturday, according to USPS Inspection Service spokeswoman Silvia Torres.
The suspected shooter hijacked a postal truck during the shooting rampage Saturday.
Granados' sister, Rosie, told CNN she was on the phone with her sister when she heard her scream.
"It was very painful. I just wanted to help her and I couldn't. I thought she had got bitten by a dog or something. I tried calling her name and she wouldn't answer," she said.
The Medical Center Health System said in a Facebook post that Gov. Greg Abbott and other state politicians visited victims at the hospital Sunday.
"Our community needs support from everyone during this difficult time," the post read.
Seth Ator has been identified as the shooter involved in Saturday's West Texas shootings, according to multiple federal and local law enforcement officials.
During a news conference Sunday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke refused to name the shooter.
“I’m not going to give him any notoriety for what he did," Gerke said.
Ator, 36, was arrested in 2001 for criminal trespassing and evading arrest, both misdemeanors, according to public records. Adjudication was deferred, though the details of the case are not immediately available.
Ator’s record also includes a 2018 traffic citation for a federal motor carrier safety violation, according to Ector County court records.
A LinkedIn account under Ator’s name said he was a truck driver. A Facebook page under his name contained only one publicly visible photo of the shooter posted in 2012, and the account has since been removed.
The FBI executed a search warrant Sunday at a rural property in West Odessa believed to be connected to the alleged shooter, according to a law enforcement official.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said at an earlier news conference Sunday that investigators were conducting "searches at this exact moment in time to make sure that there is nobody else (is) even possibly connected to this."
Combs affirmed the assessment by local police that authorities believe the shooter acted alone Saturday.
The FBI said they do not believe there is any connection to domestic or international terrorism in the Odessa and Midland shootings from Saturday.
“At this point I can tell you we do not believe — we do not believe, there's any connection to any domestic or international terrorism,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said.
The suspect in the Odessa and Midland, Texas, shooting used an AR-type weapon according to Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said his agency responds to Texas frequently. The FBI is “here now almost every other week supporting our local and state partners on active shooters. We're almost every two weeks an active shooter in this country," he said.
The suspect has an Ector County address, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said. He did not release the shooter's name.
Combs did say they are serving a federal search warrant in the area, but added there are numerous incident scenes across the area.
Following the shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commented on the many high-profile shootings that have occurred in his state since he took office.
“I have been to too many of these events,” Abbott said.
Abbott named several shootings that have occurred during his term, including the Dallas shootings that killed police officers, then Sutherland Springs, then Santa Fe High School, then El Paso and now Odessa and Midland.
“I am heartbroken by the crying of the people in the state of Texas. I am tired of the dying of the people of Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed,” Abbott said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the mother of a 17-month-old girl who was injured in the shooting texted him about her daughter's condition.
"Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play," the mother texted, according to Abbott.
The governor went on to read a portion of the mother's text message:
"Her mouth is pretty bad, but will heal and can be fixed. Thankfully it doesn't seem like her jaw was hit. Just lips, teeth and tongue. She's having surgery tomorrow to remove the shrapnel from her chest and to fix her lip and mouth and to get a better look at her tongue. We are thanking God for healing her and appreciate continued prayers."
Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said officials are confident there was only one shooter in yesterday's rampage across West Texas.
“Initially it was thought that there may have been multiple shooters, and that is because at some point this subject changed vehicles. We’re now confident that there was just the one actor," he said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.
Gerke made a point not to name the suspect, saying officials would release the name later, and not on a public stage.
“You’ll notice I’m not naming the subject, and there’s a reason for that. I refuse to. I’m not going to give him any notoriety for what he did," he said.