Two Truckers Among Those Gunned Down By Truck Driver in Texas Mass Shooting
Odessa, TX – The identities of seven victims who tragically lost their lives in the mass shooting in Odessa on Saturday have been released — two of which are truck drivers.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Arco and Raul Garcia are two of the seven who were killed in the shooting, which took place on August 31 in West Texas.
Both were truckers.
The gunman, identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator of Odessa, was also a truck driver, according the authorities.
The Washington Post reported Ator had been fired from his job at a trucking company hours before the shooting spree began.
A LinkedIn page, which has since been taken down, stated Ator was a “truck driver.”
Police say both Ator and his employer, Journey Oilfield Services, called the police after Ator’s employment was terminated.
“Basically, they were complaining on each other” over the firing, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said.
Police were dispatched to the company, but Ator had left Journey Oilfield by the time officials arrived on scene.
According to police, Ator did not make threats of violence.
Investigators said Ator began his shooting spree after getting pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, minutes after he left a “rambling” statement with an FBI tip line.
In the message to the FBI, Ator did not make any specific threats, FBI special agent Christopher Combs said during a press conference on Monday.
A reason for Ator’s termination was not immediately disclosed.
While Transportation Nation Network (TNN) mourns the passing of all who lost their lives in the brutal attack — Kameron Karltess Brown, Joseph Griffith, Mary Granados, Leilah Hernandez and Edwin Peregrino — we’d like to give special tribute to the two men who were among our trucking community.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Arco
Rudy Arco moved to Odessa from Las Vegas about a year ago, according to his sister, Maria.
“He felt that Odessa was the place to go,” Maria said. “He sold everything in Vegas and moved there, in the hopes that things would be safer for him and the family.”
Arco owned an Odessa-based trucking company and was driving in his truck when three bullets were fired at him.
Two went through the cab of his truck.
The third, Maria said, went through the window and killed him instantly.
Arco was married to his wife, Bari, for 20 years and has three daughters, ages 3, 6 and 23.
According to Maria, Arco’s oldest daughter, Julieanna, was on her way home from work after the shooting and saw her father’s truck on the side of the road.
Maria said she, her brother, and their family came to the United States in 1969 as Cuban refugees.
Arco was 57 years old.
Raul Garcia was 35-years-old and lived in El Paso.
His wife, Perla, told KVIA her husband was on his way home from work when he was tragically killed in the shooting.
According to CBS7, Garcia was traveling on Interstate 20 when he was shot and killed.
“He was on his way home to be with his [four] kids,” Perla said.
The family told KVIA that Garcia’s passion was driving his truck and he died doing what he loved.
“Just like my son said, ‘Mom, now he’ll be a truck driver in heaven,'” Perla said as she choked back tears.
Photos courtesy Rudy Arco’s Facebook page and the Garcia family