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West Texas shooter had ‘long spiral down’

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/02/19, 04:17 pm

UPDATE: A West Texas gunman lost his job and called the police and FBI before going on a shooting spree on Saturday. The shooter, Seth Aaron Ator, “was on a long spiral down” before the killings, FBI special agent Christopher Combs said on Monday. Ator’s former employer, Journey Oilfield Services, also called 911 after firing him on Saturday, but Ator left before police showed up. He made rambling statements to the police on the phone, Combs said, and lived in a “strange residence” that reflected a troubled mental state.

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Dozens killed in dive-boat fire

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/02/19, 03:30 pm

Rescue workers have confirmed the deaths of 25 people and say nine others are missing after a fire on a scuba diving boat Monday off the coast of Southern California. The Coast Guard said it received a mayday call about 3:15 a.m. and arrived at the scene to find the Conception engulfed in flames. Five crew members survived by jumping overboard shortly after the blaze broke out.

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West Texas shooting spree claims lives

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/31/19, 08:13 pm

A gunman killed five people and injured many more Saturday afternoon in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. The suspect reportedly hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and fired at people randomly before police caught up with him at a movie theater in Odessa, where they shot and killed him. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at least 21 people sustained injuries in the shooting.

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