It's starting to become all too common that we hear about public shootings in the United States these days. Whether it's a mass-scale shooting like last year's tragic incident in Las Vegas, or the dozens of smaller-scale shootings happening in schools and workplaces almost every day, it seems like there's a new tragedy constantly forcing to ask us "why?"
Regardless of your opinion on issues like gun control and registration, one of the most pressing questions on just about everybody's mind when something like this happens is what caused the shooter to do this. While a catch-all term of "mental illness" tends to get brought up, it seems like a lot of other factors play a role; sometimes it's isolation, others it's being disgruntled with work, school, or even life in general.
However, in the case of the most recent shooting to occur in the States, the questions just get more and more complex when the reason comes to light: a gunman opened fired on a church because he thought aliens were invading...
Zion Church in Troy, MI put in a phone call to the police department on Wednesday, January 10th, mentioning that they were being vandalized by gunfire and that they were afraid for their lives. Moments later, the police received another phone call from a man who insisted that Zion Church was actually an alien spaceship.
Officers were dispatched to the scene to discover a 40-year-old man, who openly admitted to opening fire on the dome of the church due to being convinced it was full of extra-terrestrials.
Sergeant Meghan Lehman of the Troy Police Department says churches do not have to be concerned about a repeat incident, “We have absolutely no reason to believe this individual targeted this church because it was a church or he had a beef against Christians. We don’t suspect that at all."
“Mental health could be an issue here,” said Lehman. “He did say that he thought that building was a spaceship for aliens … it appears to be more of a delusion type of issue here.”