KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police say an unemployed man accused of opening fire with a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun in a Tennessee church apparently targeted the congregation out of hatred for its liberal social policies.
Two people were killed. Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen says a letter, recovered from the SUV of 58-year-old Jim Adkisson, indicates the suspect was motivated by his frustration at not being able to obtain a job and his stated "hatred of the liberal movement."
The Unitarian-Universalist church promotes progressive social work, including advocacy for women and for gay rights. Owen says the letter also indicates Adkisson did not expect to leave the church alive. He says the suspect had 76 rounds with him and "certainly intended to take a lot of casualties."