Odessa Shooter Failed Gun Background Check, Gov. Greg Abbott Says
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that the gunman in Saturday’s mass shooting in Midland and Odessa had previously failed a gun purchase background check and did not go through a background check to buy the gun used in Saturday’s incident.
Abbott’s tweet did not say why
the 36-year-old Odessa man didn’t pass the background check or how he obtained the rifle he used to kill seven people and injure 22 others — including a state trooper and two police officers. The gunman died after a shootout with police outside a Midland movie theater.
Abbott also cited the shooter’s criminal history.
“We must keep guns out of criminals’ hands,” he said.
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