More than 1,000 people came “to make sense of the senseless” Monday evening at a memorial for the victims of a church shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Authorities earlier in the day said the man charged with murder in the shooting left a four-page letter that detailed his frustration of being unemployed, his hatred of gays and liberals, and his expectation that he would be killed by responding authorities.
“It appears that what brought him to this horrible event was his lack of being able to obtain a job, his frustration over that, and his stated hatred for the liberal movement,” Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen IV said at a press conference Monday.
Authorities said they are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime.
“Anytime someone uses force to obstruct another person in the free exercise of their religious beliefs that is a violation of the federal civil rights statutes,” FBI Agent Richard Lambert said Monday.
Police said Adkisson snuck a 12-gauge shotgun into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in a guitar case Sunday morning and opened fire during a children’s performance of “Annie.” They recovered three spent rounds and more than 70 shotgun shells.
Where do you even begin with such senselessness?
My condolences go out to those that are suffering through this ordeal.
As for the gunslinger… Satan has reserved a special seat on the express train to hell for you. No true Christian would do something as horrible as this. The Church’s that I’ve gone to teach good values like ‘forgiveness’. Hate the sin but not hate the sinner. I’d be willing to bet his hatred has little or nothing to do with liberals and gays. Blowing up a gay bar would’ve been more believable. And for those liberals with impaired reading abilities, I’m not calling nor condoning that gay bars be blown up.
Killing innocent people is and should be roundly condemned!