CONCEPTION, Mo. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic abbey erupted in gunfire as a 71-year-old man wielding two assault weapons killed two monks and wounded two others before committing suicide, leaving stunned residents wondering about a motive.
Interviews with relatives and neighbors of Lloyd Robert Jeffress yielded no clues as to why the retiree packed two rifles in separate boxes, drove his green Chevrolet Cavalier to far northwest Missouri on Monday and then opened fire in the hallway of the Conception Abbey, officials said.
Investigators, who were digging into Jeffress's religious past, said he did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and had no known criminal past.
There was no indication the attack was linked to the recent church abuse scandal in which priests around the country have been accused of molesting youngsters, authorities said.
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