Sep 2, 2019

The victims of the Odessa shootings

A chalk message at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

These are a few of the seven victims who lost their lives in Saturday's mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas. 22 others were injured in the event.

The big picture: They were driving with their families, joining loved ones on errands and visiting their parents. One had served in Afghanistan. And then a senseless act of violence took their lives.

Mary Granados. Photo: Leslie Aide and Rosie Granados/GoFundMe
  • Mary Granados, 29, was a postal worker. She was on the phone with her twin sister, Rosie, when the suspect attacked her in an attempt to hijack her postal van, per CNN.
  • Kameron Brown served in the Army and had spent time in Afghanistan, according to CBS 7. He died sitting in the driver's seat of his work pickup truck.
  • Edwin Peregrino, 25, had been visiting his parents when the shooting occurred, and went to investigate gunshot noises in the front yard. The gunman shot Peregrino as he was driving by, according to the Washington Post. Peregrino's sister says he was a beloved uncle to two nephews and a niece.
  • Leilah Hernandez, 15, was killed as she was walking out of a car dealership with her brother, Nathan — who is currently being treated for gunshot wounds. Leilah had just celebrated her quinceañera in May, according to the Washington Post.
  • Joseph Griffith, 40, was killed while sitting at a traffic light with his wife and two children. Griffith was a former math teacher, per the Washington Post.

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West Texas shooter reportedly purchased firearm through private sale

Police cars and tape block off a crime scene near to where a gunman was shot and killed at Cinergy Odessa movie theater in Odessa, Texas, following a mass shooting in the area. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Authorities tell ABC News and other media outlets that the gunman who killed 7 people and injured 22 others in a drive-by mass shooting in the West Texas sister cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon obtained his firearm through a private sale.

Why it matters: The suspect, 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator of Odessa, had tried to buy a firearm in January 2014 but was denied, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement Tuesday. The agency said it could not legally disclose why, but a law enforcement official told AP it was due to a "mental health issue." The revelation is sure to drive the political debate over closing background check loopholes like the one that allows private vendors to sell weapons without asking about the buyer's legal status.

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Odessa shooter called police and FBI after losing job

FBI special agent Christopher Combs leaves a press conference about the Odessa shooting Monday. Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

The perpetrator of a mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, Saturday had been fired from his job that morning and later called police and the FBI before opening fire in a drive-by shooting that left 7 dead and 22 injured, per AP.

What we know: The shooter had already been "in trouble" at work, according to FBI special agent Christopher Combs, and was terminated from his job at Journey Oilfield Services that morning. But authorities say his firing was not the cause of his actions.

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In photos: Odessa vigil held for West Texas mass shooting victims

Katelyn Cooper, 26, and her sons Trevor, 5, and Bronston, 7, at the prayer vigil at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) Sunday for the region's mass shooting victims. Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Hundreds of people attended a prayer vigil at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas, on Sunday evening to honor victims of the mass shooting in the region a day earlier, AP reports.

The big picture: 7 people were killed, including the shooter, and 22 others injured in the drive-by shooting in the West Texas sister cities of Odessa and Midland on Saturday. Odessa Mayor David Turner said West Texans "will get through the tragedy," per AP. "We will show our beloved state and nation what it means to be Permian Basin strong," he said.

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