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The gunman who killed seven people and left at least 25 others injured on Saturday was fired from his job that morning and "on a long spiral down."

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at Monday news conference Seth Aaron Ator, 36, and his employer at Journey Oilfield Services both called 911 Saturday to complain about the other over the firing. The shooter made a "rambling statement," but no threats were made.

“Can’t speak to his motives or why he called,” Gerke said, noting such calls to police are routine.

Ator left the business before officers arrived and then called the FBI's tipline. In that call he also made no threats of violence, Gerke said.

Read more: USA Today

A 19-year-old student found with guns in a North Carolina college dorm had a plot to “kill people,” police say.

Officials on Tuesday night took away two guns that freshman Paul Arnold Steber had on the campus of High Point University, according to a news release.

Police say he had a “plan and timeline to kill people,” WFMY reports.

Read more: Durham Herald Sun

The FBI saw a major increase in tips in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio — suggesting public awareness and concern about domestic terrorism spiked in the wake of those incidents.

In the first week following those attacks on Aug. 3 and 4, the FBI’s National Threat Operations Center received more than 38,000 tips from the public, according to officials. In an average week in 2019, the NTOC receives about 22,000 such tips, although the number fluctuates.

This month, local police and the FBI made a number of arrests of people in unrelated cases whose statements or stockpiles of weapons concerned authorities that those individuals might be planning attacks. Those arrests, in turn, prompted questions about whether the government had decided to get more aggressive in pursuing potential domestic terror suspects in the wake of El Paso and Dayton.

Read more: Washington Post

Authorities in California said another mass shooting may have been averted with the arrest of a hotel cook. Rodolfo Montoya, 37, who worked at a Marriott in Long Beach, told a co-worker Monday he planned to come into work and shoot everybody he saw at the hotel because of a so-called human resources issue.

That co-worker notified police, who arrested Montoya at his mobile home the next day and confiscated an arsenal of weapons. Montoya's arrest is the latest in a string of mass shooting threats after deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

"Suspect Montoya had clear plans, intent and the means to carry out an act of violence that may have resulted in a mass casualty incident," Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said Wednesday.

Read more: CBS News

Firecrackers and a single gunshot sent some fair-goers into a panic at the Kentucky State Fair over the weekend.

Troopers say large groups of juveniles set off firecrackers in different locations of the fairgrounds Saturday night.

The sound of firecrackers popping scared many fair-goers as they thought a mass shooting was happening at the fair.

Troopers say a single gunshot was also fired into the air by a juvenile male.

Kentucky State Police say there was no active shooter and no injuries have been reported.

They went on to say, "There are no perceived threats to the public or visitors of the Kentucky State Fair."

Read more: WPSD