DONALD TRUMP again rejected calls for tighter gun control yesterday after Sunday’s mass shooting at a Texas church.
Devin Patrick Kelley slaughtered 26 people as he walked calmly though the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday morning, shooting with a semi-automatic rifle.
He had been jailed for 12 months and discharged from the US Air Force in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said Mr Kelly’s former in-laws attended the church occasionally.
“It’s unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there — defenceless people,” Mr Tackitt said.
On a visit to Japan, President Donald Trump called the shooting a “mental health problem at the highest level,” branding Mr Kelly “a very deranged individual.”
He dismissed the question of gun control, claiming: “This isn’t a guns situation.”
Texas Department of Safety regional director Freeman Martin said the gunman was confronted as he left by a resident who “grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect.”
A short time later the suspect was found dead in his vehicle at the county line.