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West Texas shooting brings 2 intertwined cities even closer

5 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago Tuesday, September 03 2019 Sep 3, 2019 September 03, 2019 3:43 PM September 03, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAKE BLEIBERG and PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

ODESSA, Texas (AP) - The mass shooting in West Texas spread terror over more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) as the gunman fired from behind the wheel of a car.

Seth Aaron Ator zigzagged through Midland and Odessa, two closely intertwined cities now brought closer by tragedy. The attack began along the oilfields that are the economic lifeblood of the region. It also cut into the neighborhoods where the petroleum boom has made housing expensive and scarce. Seven people were killed and around two dozen wounded before police cornered and killed the assailant outside a crowded movie theater.

Another vigil for the seven people killed was planned for Tuesday evening in Odessa, where the same fear familiar to other cities struck by mass shootings has settled in.

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