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Trump: Texas shooting a mental health issue - not guns

VIEWS: President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference (AFP/Getty Images)

PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said the shooting at a church in South Texas is not to do with guns and is instead connected to a “mental health problem”, the Evening Standard reports.

Trump spoke at a news conference in Japan a day after 26 people were killed in the shooting, and said: "Mental health is your problem here.”

He mentioned that early investigation suggested the 26-year-old gunman was "a very deranged individual” who had " a lot of problems over a long period of time."

The US President said:"We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn't a guns situation... Fortunately someone else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction otherwise, as bad as it was, it would have been much worse."

He continued: "But this is a mental health problem at the highest level. It's a very, very sad event. A very, very sad event, but that's the way I view it.”

According to reports, the gunman was 26-year-old former Air Force officer Devin Kelley who was dishonourably discharged after allegedly assaulting his wife and child.

He stormed into the church mid-way through the 11am service and opened fire on worshippers, killing 26 and injuring around 20. The youngest victim is said to have been five-years-old.

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