Background checks would not have prevented gun violence, says Trump

Background checks would not have prevented gun violence, says Trump

Background checks would not have prevented gun violence, says Trump

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A Texas state lawmaker said stricter gun laws will not solve mass shootings, but prayer will.

The shooter has been identified as Seth Ator, 36, according to multiple federal and local law enforcement officials.

They said Sunday that two more people had died.

The incident happened in the area of Odessa and nearby Midland and police said the gunman was shot dead at the Cinergy movie theatre after a chase.

"We do believe we have the threat contained, but I can't be 1,000 percent sure of that", Odessa Police Chief Mike Gerke told reporters. "I'm not giving him any notoriety for what he did", mentioned Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke. He said there was "some criminal record attached to his driver´s license", but no active warrants.

At least three police officers were among the wounded, Gerke said, and it remains unclear whether the shooter had any political motive.

White House aides have said Trump instructed them to come up with something that can pass both chambers. Police gave no details, only his name and age.

A spokeswoman for the FBI's field office in El Paso said that federal investigators were on the scene and that as of Saturday evening, it was still not certain whether the incident had any nexus to worldwide or domestic terrorism.

The incident began when troopers tried to pull over a gold-colored passenger vehicle on the Interstate 20 highway.

"In West Texas, we're known for being strong and independent", Turner said.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Katherine Cesinger said on Saturday that before the vehicle came to a stop, the driver "pointed a rifle toward the rear window of his auto and fired several shots" toward the patrol auto, 7news reported. "The suspect just hijacked a US mail carrier truck".

The Saturday shooting was less a month away from another deadly mass shooting in Texas that shocked the whole nation and the global community.

"First of all, I would maximize executive authority to do what we can to keep our families safer from gun violence", Castro told NBC News' "Meet the Press", specifically saying he would require people who regularly sell guns be classified as firearms dealers.

The presidential hopeful claimed that in light of several recent mass shootings, Americans have wanted Congress to take action.

"I say NO to "red flag" pre-crime laws".

"Something that I want to point out is that this is not your typical active shooter, it was more of a ... mobile active shooter which made things increasingly more hard for our law enforcement", a spokesperson from the Odessa Police Department told Fox News.

Speaking from Washington on Sunday, President Trump said he is committed to stopping "the menace of mass attacks".

Trump mentioned, "I will say that for the most part, sadly if you look at the last four or five going back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it".

Later in the post he continues: "What can we do?"

Scott, who was governor at the time of the Parkland school shooting, said officials sat down within days of the massacre with law enforcement, mental health counselors and educators.

Meanwhile, a statement released Sunday morning from Trevor Tankersley, public relations for Odessa Medical Center Hospital, said, "We've seen a total of 14 patients related to shooting".

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