Gunman Keith Thomas Kinnunen had been fed by Texas church before shooting

Gunman Keith Thomas Kinnunen had been fed by Texas church before shooting

Anton (Tony) Wallace, 64, and Richard White, 67, were identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety afternoon as the victims of the shooting. He opened fire, investigators said. "He gets mad when we won't give him cash".

During the press conference, Farmer also mentioned Kinnunen's family and asked that people keep them in their thoughts as well.

Kinnunen was carrying a beard and disguise when he walked into the church round 10:50 a.m., attracting the eye of the church safety staff in its video room, the report stated.

Speaking outside the church Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said authorities "can't prevent mental illness from occurring, and we can't prevent every insane person from pulling a gun".

Authorities said Kinnunen's motive remained under investigation.

"I fired one round. They welcomed this guy into their church", he said.

Kinnunen had been charged in Tarrant County with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2009, and theft of property in 2013, according to NBC DFW. Two armed members of the Church's volunteer security team then drew their weapons and opened fire on the suspect. Texas officials praised state gun laws, including a measure passed this year that affirmed the right of licensed handguns to carry a weapon in places of worship, unless 'an installation does not prohibit them. Texas is a state that allows worshipers to fully arm themselves in their churches.

"I know he took some lives but we have to remember that he is a creature of God also just like we are", Richardson added.

Despite a judge's initial finding that Kinnunen was mentally incompetent to stand trial in Oklahoma, that wouldn't necessarily have prevented him from legally purchasing a firearm, said Edwin Walker, a Houston-based attorney for US & Texas Law Shield, a company that provides legal protection to gun owners.

He said his ex-wife, who filed a protection order against him in 2012, called him a "religious fanatic" who claimed to be "fighting a demon".

This June 16, 2015, photo provided by the River Oaks Police Department, in Texas, shows Keith Thomas Kinnunen. In each of the criminal cases, Kinnunen was required to undergo a mental evaluation, according to court records.

Wilson could not be reached for comment Monday, but he has said he is the deacon in charge of security at the church and leaned on years of training when the shooting began to unfold. "Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life", Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement.

"When he got up between the bread and the cup, or right after the prayer, we said, 'We need to make an intervention, '" Robertson said.

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