Authorities Identify Victims and Gunman in Texas Church Shooting


Other offenses Mr. Kinnunen was charged with include speeding, theft, assault and disorderly conduct in Pima County, Ariz., between 2003 and 2014, petit larceny in Las Vegas in 2011, theft in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., in 2010, and felony charges of aggravated assault and battery in Grady County, Okla.

Mr. Kinnunen was confronted twice in 2011 by the police in Tuttle, Okla. In one case, a convenience store worker told officers that Mr. Kinnunen wrestled him to the ground and hit him repeatedly, causing a possible broken rib. According to a police report, Mr. Kinnunen was upset about being confronted for riding his motorcycle through the grass outside the store and damaging a sign.

In the other incident, a son of Mr. Kinnunen accused him of setting three small fires. In one case, the son said, Mr. Kinnunen siphoned gas from his motorcycle and used it to burn branches in the street. In another, officers wrote in their report that Mr. Kinnunen “soaked a football in lamp oil, then lit it on fire and played ‘fire football.’” The son told officers that he was afraid of Mr. Kinnunen.

On Monday, the glass doors to the church in White Settlement were locked as church leaders and congregation members huddled together, preparing to issue a public statement.

As he left the church to climb into his car, the church’s education minister, Jack Cummings, said his wife died recently after a long struggle with ovarian cancer, and after Sunday’s attack, he felt “numb.”

“I just lost my wife and now this,” he said.

About 250 people were inside the auditorium of the church on Sunday when the gunman began shooting just before communion.

Mr. Cummings said the gunman had drawn the attention of the church’s security team before the shooting. A member of the security team said that the shooter was wearing a fake beard, which is what tipped off security, according to a CBS News producer.



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