With 26 dead and 20 more wounded after the deadly shooting massacre at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, investigators believe the attack was possibly motivated by an ongoing “domestic situation” for the shooter.
Via Washington Post:
While authorities have not publicly identified a motive for the attack, they emphasized Monday that the shooting did not appear to be fueled by racial or religious issues. They said the gunman’s mother-in-law had attended the church but was not there Sunday, and that the shooter had sent “threatening texts” as part of the family dispute.
“This was not racially motivated, it wasn’t over religious beliefs,” Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety said at a news briefing. “There was a domestic situation going on within the family and the in-laws.”
Investigators have scoured the gunman’s background since he opened fire Sunday morning on the pews of the First Baptist Church outside San Antonio, searching for a possible motive as the stories of those massacred began to emerge.
The shooter, identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, had served in the Air Force but was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child.
He was sentenced to a year in military prison and received a bad-conduct discharge.
President Trump called the shooter a “deranged individual” and called the shooting massacre a “mental health problem at the highest level.”
That would be an interesting choice of words considering in February Trump signed a bill into law that rolled back regulations that made it difficult for people with mental health issues to acquire guns.
Trump says Texas church shooting “isn’t a guns situation” but instead “a mental health problem at the highest level” https://t.co/Wpl4uiufGg pic.twitter.com/qAtt8ullGB
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 6, 2017
What do the shootings in Aurora, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino & Sutherland Springs, Texas all have in common?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) November 6, 2017
San Bernardino: AR-15#TexasChurchMassacre: AR-15
Trump: It’s not a guns situation
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) November 6, 2017
.@realDonaldTrump on #TexasChurchMassacre: “This is a mental health problem not a guns situation.”
Then why did you sign a law that makes it easier for people with mental illness to buy a gun?
— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) November 6, 2017