Texas church shooter described by ex-wives as 'crazy' and 'violent'

Two ex-wives of the man who opened fire at a Texas church on Sunday, killing two men, described him as "crazy" and "violent."

"We knew he was crazy, but not like this," said Angela Holloway, who was married to the gunman Keith Thomas Kinnunen for eight years before they divorced in 2010. "I don't wish this on anybody. I feel sorry for the victims. I really do."

"Mentally, I know he was mentally ill," she told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth in an interview Monday. Holloway said she last spoke with Kinnunen, who had an extensive criminal record spanning multiple states, about three years ago. "He just wasn't in his right mind."

"I didn't know how to go about talking to him about it," Holloway said, adding that he suffered from a drug habit.

"He's gone," Holloway said. "There's nothing I can do about it, but I'm glad it got stopped."

Image: Keith Kinnunen, in an undated booking photo, was identified as the shooting suspect at a church in White Settlement, Texas, on Dec. 30, 2019.

Kinnunen fatally shot deacon Anton “Tony” Wallace, 64, and church security team member Richard White, 67, at West Freeway Church of Christ, in the town of White Settlement outside of Fort Worth. He was shot dead by another church security team member, Jack Wilson. The entire incident lasted about six seconds.

The church had previously provided Kinnunen, 43, with food on multiple occasions, but when he asked for money he wasn't given any, according to Britt Farmer, a senior minister for the congregation.

But on Sunday, he wore a wig and fake beard and wasn't recognized. Some church members were spooked by the strange-looking man, while Wallace's daughter said she intended to welcome the person she thought was a visitor.

Matthew DeSarno, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas field office, said Kinnunen was "relatively transient," but had roots in the area.

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An elderly couple walks from West Freeway Church of Christ hours after a fatal shooting at the church, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas. The couple declined to comment to reporters. (AP Photo/David Kent)
An FBI agent stands outside West Freeway Church of Christ as authorities continue to investigate a fatal shooting at the church, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas. (AP Photo/David Kent)
Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Jeff Williams speaks during a news conference, as Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, left, and White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering, right, stand behind him, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in front of West Freeway Church of Christ, in White Settlement, Texas. Police say congregants shot and killed a man who opened fire at the church. (AP Photo/David Kent)
TEXAS shaded relief map, highlighted, with AUSTIN (capital) and WHITE SETTLEMENT locators, with SHOOTING lettering, finished graphic
Law enforcement vehicles are seen parked outside West Freeway Church of Christ as authorities continue to investigate a fatal shooting at the church, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas. (AP Photo/David Kent)
Police and fire department officials surround a scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. (Yffy Yossifor/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Residents embrace near police and fire vehicles that surround a scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. (Yffy Yossifor/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Dan Patrick, lieutenant governor of Texas, talks with Senior Minister Britt Farmer at the scene of a shooting Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. (Yffy Yossifor/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Law enforcement and the media work outside the West Freeway Church of Christ after a shooting took place during services on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Dannetta Maldonado (left) helps Diana Richardson as she is pushed by her husband John Richardson after a shooting took place during services at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The Richardsons are church members who attended the service. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: An FBI agent works the scene after a shooting took place during services at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Authorities work the scene after a shooting took place during services at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Law enforcement vehicles are parked outside West Freeway Church of Christ where a shooting took place at the morning service on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the gunman. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Authorities work the scene outside the front door of West Freeway Church of Christ after a shooting took place during services on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Melanie Davis speaks to the media after a gunman opened fire during morning service at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. Davis's mother was sitting next to the gunman inside. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Authorities work the scene in the street in front of West Freeway Church of Christ after a shooting took place during services on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the assailant and one other person has life-threatening injuries. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Jeff Williams, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, gives an update on the situation after a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the gunman. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Matthew DeSarno with the FBI in Dallas, gives an update on the situation after a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the gunman. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Dannetta Maldonado speaks to the media while waiting for her parents who are church members after a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the gunman. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - DECEMBER 29: Chief J.P. Bevering of the White Settlement Police Department, gives an update on the situation after a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ on December 29, 2019 in White Settlement, Texas. The gunman was killed by armed members of the church after he opened fire during Sunday services. According to reports, a security guard was killed by the gunman. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
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After his divorce from Holloway, he tried to reconnect with his first wife, Cindy Glasgow-Voegel, who subsequently filed a protective order against him in Grady County, Oklahoma, in 2012, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

In a statement at the time, she wrote, "Keith is a violent, paranoid person with a long line of assault and batteries with and without firearms. He is a religious fanatic, says he's battling a demon ... He is not nice to anyone."

She wrote that Kinnunen had showed up without notice in 2011, asking to see his teenage son, who was "terrified of him."

According to an arrest affidavit, the son told police in 2011 that he was with Kinnunen when he set a cotton field on fire using lamp oil, tampons and a lighter. The son also said Kinnunen liked to play "fire football," in which he would soak the ball in flammable liquid, light it on fire and toss it back and forth with the teen.

Kinnunen was also charged in Grady County, Oklahoma, with aggravated assault and battery in 2011.

In Tarrant County, Texas, he had been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2009 and theft of property in 2013. He was also arrested in 2009 and 2015 in River Oaks.

More recently, he was arrested in 2016 for possession of an illegal weapon in Linden, New Jersey, according to NBC New York.

The FBI is working to identify Kinnunen's motive. Investigators began searching his home after the shooting Sunday.

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