MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough says that Washington, D.C. would be “melting down” if the man behind a recent mass shooting in Texas was named “Mohammed.”
“And now we have Southern Baptist churches getting shot up,” he said on Monday’s broadcast of Morning Joe.
“Again, had it been a radical Islamic terrorist with a beard named Mohammed, Washington would be melting down right now,” Scarborough added of the bloodshed a day before.
“We wouldn’t put up with this with any other epidemic. We would not – if this were terrorism, Islamic, radical terrorism, again Washington would be on fire this morning.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Sunday confirmed that at least 26 people had been killed and at least 20 others wounded when a gunman opened fire in the town of Sutherland Springs.
Multiple reports have since identified Devin Kelley, 26, as the man who began shooting inside the First Baptist Church Sunday morning.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek on Sunday said that Kelley had been discharged from the military branch for allegedly assaulting his spouse and child.
Stefanek added that Kelley was court-martialed in 2012, serving 12 months’ confinement and receiving a bad conduct discharge and a reduction in rank.
The spokeswoman also noted that Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge in 2014.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt on Monday said that Kelley ultimately crashed his car following a chase from the church and then shot himself before he was caught.
An unidentified area resident armed with a rifle pursued Kelley after he began attacking people inside the church.
A law enforcement official told CNN on Monday that Kelley purchased the Ruger AR-556 he allegedly used in the shooting in April 2016 at a store in San Antonio.
CNN’s source added that there was nothing disqualifying in the background check conducted into Kelley as required for the sale.
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