Lubbock, TX – Federal court documents state a September 4, 2019 FBI and ATF raid on a Lubbock house ended with 29 guns seized. Officials believe the owner of the guns could have sold one to the man who committed a mass shooting in Odessa on August 31.
The documents say on August 31, 2019, Marcus Anthony Braziel of Lubbock was manufacturing and selling AR-type rifles and other firearms without holding a federal license authorizing him to engage in the business of selling firearms. During the raid on his home, ATF agents recovered evidence that Braziel was getting the firearm components and using them to manufacture AR-type rifles.
On September 4, 2019, federal agents raided a home in Lubbock in in the 3400 block of Mesa Road. Investigators took inventory of the firearms in the home. Court documents state Braziel has never held a Federal Firearms License. He also shared his records of the nine people who he sold the guns to. One was sold to a convicted felon in Austin, Texas. Others are from Lubbock and Levelland, and one was to a resident of Odessa, Texas. The resident in Odessa is listed as “S.A.”
Seth Ator, the madman that went on the shooting spree, was prohibited from owning a firearm because a court had previously found him mentally unfit. He had tried to buy a gun back in January 2014, but failed a criminal background check. Officials say the mental health determination was made by a local court and prevented the purchase. Ator was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers outside the Cinergy movie theater.
Prosecutors are seeking to keep the guns and firearm accessories seized from Braziel’s home. Lawyers for the Justice Department have asked a federal court to grant the government permanent possession of 29 pistols, rifles and gun parts taken. Court records value the guns at more $11,000.
“The criminal investigation involving Mr. Braziel is ongoing,” said Erin Dooley, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas.