Why? John Kelley O’Connor a former libertarian candidate for the Nevada State Assembly kills one, injures another at Mormon, Fallon church shooting.
The bloodshed followed John Kelley O’Connor, 48, firing several rounds of gunfire during service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse in Fallon, Nev. circa 1 p.m. KOLO-TV reported the service being attended by some 50 people.
Following the shooting, the Mormon church gunman left the building and walked home. The Nevada Appeal reported the gunman living across the street from the church.
Fox News reported police arriving at the man’s home and asking him to surrender, which he did.
Told Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman, ‘It’s really too early to understand the motive’.
It is thought the gunman non-specifically targeting members as he directed gunfire at attending church members. Nevertheless one person was fatally shot, with conjecture as to whether they had been specifically been targeted. Another churchgoer was injured, suffered a non life threatening gunshot wound to the leg.
Of note, the shooter is a member of the church and had attended services earlier that morning before returning with a weapon, described as a mid-size caliber hand-gun.
John Kelley O’Connor former libertarian candidate: Political fall-out?
Adding further intrigue, media reports told of O’Connor being a former libertarian candidate for the Nevada State Assembly.
State records revealed that O’Connor ran for the Nevada State Assembly for the Libertarian Party in 2014.
The city of Fallon, the seat of Churchill County, is located about 60 miles east of Reno.
Offered, Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford, ‘Our hearts go out to family members of those who have lost someone and those who were in the church today where the tragedy occurred,’
‘Deeply saddened by the act of senseless violence in Fallon today at the LDS church,” Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, tweeted. “We are in contact with Mayor Tedford and other officials. My family and I are praying for all loved ones, churchgoers, and community members impacted by this tragedy.’
Welcome a brave new America…
— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) July 23, 2018
Got a text from my in-laws in Fallon. “Primary had just finished singing when I heard a pop and another pop, I looked and there was someone shooting in the church.” Thankfully they’re ok and this will probably barely register on the national news, but why is this seen as normal?
— Ian Gore (@ijgore) July 23, 2018