A gunman who opened fire at a high school in Texas was motivated by a political vendetta, authorities said, a sign of how the country is still divided over the attack.
More than a year after the deadly shooting at a school in Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who killed 26 people at the school on Feb. 5, 2017.
Authorities on Friday released a video that captured the rampage in which Kelley, wearing a bulletproof vest, opened fire on the campus, killing three students and wounding 11 more.
The suspect’s parents, Stephen and Mary, released a statement saying their son was a “good kid” who was a loving father and grandfather.
“He was a good student, an excellent student, and he loved to be outdoors,” the statement said.
“He loved to play football, basketball, and baseball and loved to spend time with his friends.”
“This is a terrible loss for our family,” they said.
Kelley, who was shot dead by police, had been under investigation for possible terrorism charges, including an alleged plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol.
His father said he believed his son was motivated, in part, by political disagreements.
In a statement released on Friday, the sheriff of the county where the school was located said the shooting was a random act of violence.
But it was the apparent political motivations of the shooter that authorities are looking into, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters.
Law enforcement officials have identified Kelley as a suspect in the Feb. 4, 2017, shooting at the Sutherland Springs High School.
According to the FBI, Kelley was a member of the military and worked in the area where the shooting occurred.
A law enforcement official told CNN that Kelley is a former Army reservist and a former member of a white supremacist group.