Browsing: Mass Murder

During a press conference in Knoxville today, police revealed troubling new details about the Sunday morning shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
Jim David Adkisson, the alleged shooter, apparently hated liberals. In a letter found after his arrest, he pledged to strike out against the “liberal movement.” The Unitarian Universalists are about as liberal as you can get, as churches go.
According to Knoxville police, Adkisson entered Tennessee Valley Unitarian intending to kill just as many people as he possibly could. The congregants who tackled Adkisson and held him until the police arrived saved a good number of lives.
What was one of Adkissons supposed triggers, aside from TVUUC’s perceived liberalism? What could have caused this military veteran to strike out in authorities are now investigating as a hate crime?

The second victim killed today during the mass shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian in Knoxville, TN was Linda Kraeger, age 61.
Knoxville Police say the shooter was 58-year-old Jim Adkisson. Adkisson has already made an appearance before a Knox County judge. His next hearing is on August 5. His home may be searched tonight.
Authorities say Adkisson has yet to say anything of consequence regarding the crime he’s accused of committing.
A report published by the Knoxville News Sentinel leaves the impression that there was an element of sheer hatred in Adkisson’s alleged assault on TVUUC this morning. A quote from one of Adkisson’s neighbors seems pretty telling: “We were talking one day when my daughter graduated from Bible college, and I told him I was a Christian, then he almost turned angry.” Adkisson, says neighbor Karen Massey, was forced to go to church by his parents.
This post will be updated and revised.
[WBIR; Knoxville News Sentinel]

The gunman’s timing seemed particularly tragic. Nearly 200 parishioners inside the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church [website] in Knoxville, TN were listening to children sing a song from Annie Jr. in service this morning when all hell broke loose. According to church member Steve Drevik, a 40-something man with long blond hair walked in and started shooting. The weapon of choice was a shotgun, and the man was firing at random.
Before the man was tackled by three men from the congregation, 6 people were critically wounded. A seventh person was killed.
The dead man was named Greg McKendry, and according to witnesses, McKendry lost his life in an act of sheer heroism.

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