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() The twin sister of the United States Postal Service driver who was fatally shot during the western Texas shooting rampage on Saturday says she heard her screaming while on the phone with her, prompting her to drive to the scene where she discovered her body lying on the ground.

'I heard her screaming and I wasn’t sure what she was going through,' Rosie Granados told CNN in a heartbreaking interview on Sunday.

Her twin sister, Mary, 29, was one of at least seven people who was killed during the shooting spree.

She was shot and killed when the gunman, Seth Ator, 36, stole her truck as she was delivering mail and talking to her twin sister, Rosie, on the phone.

Rosie Granados, twin sister of Mary Granados, tearfully recalled being on the phone with Mary the moment she was fatally shot

Mary Granados, 29, was a mail carrier for the postal service. She was alone in her postal van when she was fatally shot by Seth Ator, 36, on Saturday. Ator then hijacked her van and opened fire at random people, killing six others and wounding 22

Rosie Granados (left), twin sister of Mary Granados, tearfully recalled being on the phone with Mary the moment she was fatally shot. Mary Granados, 29, was a mail carrier for the postal service. She was alone in her postal van when she was fatally shot by Seth Ator, 36, on Saturday. Ator then hijacked her van and opened fire at random people, killing six others and wounding 22  

'We made so many memories,' Rosie Granados (left) said of her sister, Mary (right). 'She was part of my life, part of my whole world, and she was taken away from me, my mother, my family.'

'We made so many memories,' Rosie Granados (left) said of her sister, Mary (right). 'She was part of my life, part of my whole world, and she was taken away from me, my mother, my family.'

Postal worker Mary Granados (pictured) was shot and killed when the gunman hijacked her truck, according to a coworker

A former coworker set up a GoFundMe for Granados, which has raised nearly $32,000 as of late Sunday night 

The 29-year-old was near the end of her shift Saturday and chatting with her sister when their conversation was abruptly interrupted by the mail carrier's terrified scream.

'I tried calling her name and she wouldn't answer,' Rosie Granados said.

A former coworker set up a GoFundMe for Granados, which has raised nearly $32,000 as of late Sunday night.  

'I had the privilege to work with Mary before she started her career at USPS, she was beautiful inside and out, with a great heart and always ready to be a friend, always had a smile on her face!' the page said. 

A witness told News West 9 her brother saw the attack from the living room at his home.  

'He said that man was grabbing her somehow, and she was saying: "No no! Please!" and he shot her in the hip,' the witness said.  

Moments before Ator hijacked the van, state troopers tried to pull him over for a speeding violation, but he sped away. 

It was learned on Sunday that Ator went on his rampage just hours after he was fired from his trucking job, according to The New York Times. 

Seth Ator, 36, is pictured above. He has been identified as the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in western Texas on Saturday that left at least seven people dead and nearly two dozen wounded

At a press conference on Sunday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said authorities would not name the gunman who shot dead seven people in Odessa, Texas, because they do not want to give him notoriety

Seth Ator (left), 36, has been identified as the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in western Texas on Saturday that left at least seven people dead and nearly two dozen wounded. At a press conference earlier on Sunday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said authorities would not name the gunman because they do not want to give him notoriety

An FBI agent is seen above at the home of Seth Ator in Odessa, Texas. Ator is the gunman who killed at least seven people and wounded 22 during a shooting rampage in western Texas on Saturday

An FBI agent is seen above at the home of Seth Ator in Odessa, Texas. Ator is the gunman who killed at least seven people and wounded 22 during a shooting rampage in western Texas on Saturday

Investigators are seen above gathering evidence at Ator's home in Odessa on Sunday

Investigators are seen above gathering evidence at Ator's home in Odessa on Sunday

While authorities have yet to pinpoint a motive, they say that hours before the shooting Ator was fired from his trucking job

While authorities have yet to pinpoint a motive, they say that hours before the shooting Ator was fired from his trucking job

After speeding away from the state troopers during the failed traffic stop, Ator hijacked the postal van and killed Mary Granados. 

He then started randomly shooting passersby, killing at least six more and wounding 22 others.

The harrowing episode ended when Ator slammed the postal van into a police cruise outside a movie theater in Odessa, where officers shot him dead.

Rosie Granados told CNN: 'I was just hearing her cry and scream for help and I didn’t know what was happening to her.

'I thought it was just a dog attacking her, and my first response was to get in the car and go where she was to go help her.

'I went to help her out and unfortunately I did see her lying on the ground.'

Hundreds of West Texas residents stood and bowed their heads together, reciting the Lord’s Prayer at a vigil for those killed in Saturday’s mass shooting.

In Spanish and English, pastors asked those gathered at the University of Texas Permian Basin on Sunday night to pray for the dead and the injured. 

Together they gave thanks for the police, nurses and others who responded to the tragedy in Odessa and Midland, Texas.

Throughout the day, residents had struggled to understand how their remote communities in the heart of Texas oil country about 350 miles west of Dallas, could be the site of such violence. 

With law enforcement yet to offer a motive for the shootings, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales echoed the frustration.

Morales said: 'We’re out here in the middle of nowhere.' 

He added: 'All we’ve talked about is oil forever. And then this happens.'

Odessa Mayor David Turner said: 'We will get through the tragedy. We will show our beloved state and nation what it means to be Permian Basin strong.'

Celia Lopez and Sajeili Carrasco embrace before a vigil at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa on Sunday

Celia Lopez and Sajeili Carrasco embrace before a vigil at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa on Sunday

Katelyn Cooper pets a comfort dog during a vigil in Odessa for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting

Katelyn Cooper pets a comfort dog during a vigil in Odessa for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting

In Spanish and English, pastors asked those gathered at the University of Texas Permian Basin on Sunday night to pray for the dead and the injured

In Spanish and English, pastors asked those gathered at the University of Texas Permian Basin on Sunday night to pray for the dead and the injured

Odessa Mayor David Turner said: 'We will get through the tragedy. We will show our beloved state and nation what it means to be Permian Basin strong.'

Odessa Mayor David Turner said: 'We will get through the tragedy. We will show our beloved state and nation what it means to be Permian Basin strong.'

Earlier on Sunday, investigators were seen gathering evidence at Ator's home in Odessa.

Authorities on Sunday released Ator's photograph but said that they did not have a motive for the shooting yet. 

Police had previously only said that the suspect was a white male in his 30s.  

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said during a news conference that the shooter 'showed up at a movie theater which would tend to show his motive.' 

He also suggested that more people could've died if police hadn't killed him outside the cinema, according to Fox News. 

It's unclear how much ammunition Ator had with him when the shooting spree started and whether the traffic stop inspired, interrupted or altered larger plans he might've had for the shootings.  

Gerke had refused to say Ator's name during the press conference, saying that he would not reveal the shooter's identity because he did not want to give him notoriety.   

'I'm not going to give him any notoriety for what he did,' Gerke said. 

Gerke said that authorities would eventually reveal the suspect's name, though he refused to do it in a public forum. 

Later on Sunday, the Odessa Police Department posted an update on its Facebook page which included the suspect's name and age. The post also indicated that Ator was a resident of Odessa. 

Earlier on Sunday, Ator was identified as the suspect in a number of media reports that cited anonymous law enforcement officials. 

During his news conference, Gerke did confirm that the suspect was a resident of Ector County with a criminal record and that he used an AR-style rifle to carry out the shooting, which left seven dead - ranging in age from 15 to 57 - and 22 injured.   

FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said during the news conference that Ator didn't have any apparent connections to terror groups, but that he did have a criminal record. No specifics were provided about those charges.  

Texas Gov Greg Abbott also spoke at Sunday's press conference and told affected residents: 'All Texans stand with you.'

'As governor I have been to too many of these events,' Abbott said. 'I am heartbroken by the crying of the people in the state of Texas. I am tired of the dying of the people of Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable, and action is needed. 

'Words alone are inadequate. Words must be met with actions.

'We have been working on solutions. We must broaden our efforts and we must do so quickly.'

Gerke (center) said the gunman was a resident of Ector County with a criminal record and that he used an AK-style rifle. Two law enforcement officials confirmed that the suspect is 36-year-old Seth Ator soon after the press conference

Gerke (center) said the gunman was a resident of Ector County with a criminal record and that he used an AK-style rifle. Two law enforcement officials confirmed that the suspect is 36-year-old Seth Ator soon after the press conference

Texas Gov Greg Abbott also spoke at Sunday's press conference and told affected residents: 'All Texans stand with you'

Abbott came under fire on Twitter as critics labeled him a hypocrite for saying action needs to be taken on the same day that nine new gun measures loosening firearm restrictions in Texas went into effect after he signed them into law earlier this summer. 

'@GovAbbott says he's tired of #massshooting. If only he had the power to do something about it. Empty words again,' one person tweeted.

'I can't believe you can sit there and read about that child being shot in the face when you signed legislation that made it easier to get guns keep guns use guns? Reprehensible,' another wrote. 

Saturday's active shooter situation began at about 3.15pm CST after Texas Department of Public Safety officers attempted to stop a man who failed to signal on a left turn on Interstate 20. 

The driver, who was alone in a gold pickup truck, slowed but did not stop, and fired a rifle through the rear window of the truck, striking one of the two officers.

The shooter fled westbound on the interstate, and shooting at a civilian at east Loop 338 and I-20. The suspect proceeded on a shooting spree as he entered Odessa and stole a mail carrier truck before being cornered at the Cinergy on Highway 191. 

Witness video shows police confronting the suspect outside of the theater and engaging in a shootout.

Police initially reported that there could be more than one shooter, but Gerke said authorities now believe it was only one.

'Once this individual was taken out of the picture, there have been no more victims,' Gerke said.   

Police surrounded the suspect in a vehicle and killed him in a shootout behind the Cinergy theater in Odessa

Police surrounded the suspect in a vehicle and killed him in a shootout behind the Cinergy theater in Odessa

Police are seen evacuating people from the theater after the gunman was taken down at around 4.30pm Saturday

Police are seen evacuating people from the theater after the gunman was taken down at around 4.30pm Saturday

The death toll in the mass shooting in West Texas rose to seven on Sunday after two additional victims died in the hospital.  

Odessa police spokesman Steve LeSueur announced that at least one of the 19 others injured remains in 'life-threatening' condition. 

Authorities have not identified any of the victims, but several have been named publicly by family members. 

The youngest victim injured was 17-month-old Anderson Davis, who was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock after she was struck in the face and chest by shrapnel, according to her mother.  

'Her vitals are good. She is being flown to Lubbock while we drive. Not getting to fly with her is beyond painful,' her mother, Kelby Giesler Davis, wrote on the GoFundMe page which has raised over $105,000 as of Sunday morning. 

'Anderson is 17 months old, has shrapnel in her right chest, which thank God is superficial. She has a hole through her bottom lip and tongue and her front teeth were knocked out,' Davis wrote. 

'She is alive. When others today are not alive. I ask you to continue praying for our hearts as we experience this, pray for complete healing of Anderson, pray for every other family in our same situation, or worse, today and pray for the shooters. Pray that whatever is causing them to do this will be defeated by God and they will stop shooting.' 

At Sunday's press conference Abbott read aloud a text message he'd received from Davis. 

'Thank you all for praying. This is all of our worst nightmare, but thank god she's alive and relatively well,' the message said.

'Toddlers are funny because they can get shot but still want to run around and play. We are thanking God for that.'

Leila Hernandez, 15, has been named among the at least seven people killed and 19 injured when a gunman hijacked a postal truck and began firing indiscriminately in the neighboring cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas

Leila Hernandez, 15, has been named among the at least seven people killed and 19 injured when a gunman hijacked a postal truck and began firing indiscriminately in the neighboring cities of

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