President Trump on Monday said that a recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas is “a mental health problem” rather than an issue of access to guns.
“This is a mental health problem at the highest level,” he said during a press conference in Tokyo, according to Politico.
“This was a very deranged individual,” Trump added alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. This isn’t a guns situation.”
Trump also referenced reports that an area resident armed with a rifle confronted suspected gunman Devin Kelley.
“Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction,” he said of the incident Sunday.
Trump is visiting Japan as part of a 12-day swing through Asia that also includes stops in China, the Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam.
A gunman earlier Sunday opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, killing at least 26 people and wounding at least 20 others.
Federal law enforcement sources on Sunday identified the shooter as Kelley, a 26-year-old who was eventually found dead inside his vehicle after the attack.
Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said officials are unsure whether Kelley was shot by a resident or suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities had previously identified the suspect as only a white male in his early 20s without specifically naming Kelley.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek on Sunday said in a statement that Kelley served in the military branch from 2010 to 2014.
Stefanek added that Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on his child.
Kelley received a bad conduct discharge and was also confined for 12 months following those incidents.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) on Sunday called the shooting at First Baptist Church the worst mass shooting in his state’s history.
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