Trump: Texas shooter was mentally ill

President Trump says Texas church massacre 'not a gun issue', says shooter suffered from mental illness.

David Rosenberg ,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said the gunman responsible for a church massacre in Texas Sunday was suffering from a severe mental disorder, and that his mental health was likely the cause of the deadly shooting.

On Sunday, a lone gunman entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs outside of San Antonio, Texas at approximately 11:30 a.m., while Sunday prayer services were underway. The gunman opened fire, wounding more than 50 people, 26 of whom later succumbed to their wounds.

The shooter was later identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the US Air Force who was court martialed the discharged from the military for bad conduct.

Sunday’s attack was the worst mass-shooting in Texas history, and one of the worst in US history.

A day after the shooting, President Trump addressed the massacre during a press conference in Tokyo, claiming that Kelley suffered from severe mental illness.

Kelley, said the president, suffered from a “mental health problem” and was “a very deranged individual.”

“Mental health is your problem here,” said Trump, citing “preliminary reports”.

Trump told reporters asking whether he would back new gun control laws following the shooting that the incident would not have been prevented by tight regulations.

“This isn’t a gun situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event. A very, very sad event, but that’s the way I view it.”

Shortly after the attack, Trump gave his condolences to the victims and their families, tweeting “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”