Church shooting suspect used to attend LDS church

FRESNO, Calif.

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The shooter has been identified as 47-year-old Kenneth Ward of Modesto. Detectives say Ward shot Clay Sannar Sunday afternoon before he was killed by Visalia police officers.

Police say Kenneth Ward drove to Visalia from his current home in Modesto.

Ward's family lives in the North Valley city, and Action News has learned the suspect had a troubled past with the Mormon Church.

Clay Sannar owned a successful agricultural business in Visalia called Soil Basics. A sign on the door Monday morning said the business was closed and that work would resume the following day.

The fertilizer company opened in 1995 and provides growers with technological advancements for improved plant health.

Monday, some employees talked to action news about their loss. "My heart goes out to Julie... We're in total shock," Raymond Sillasenor said.

We've received quite a few comments on the ABC30 Facebook page, regarding the deadly church shooting.

Shelley wrote, "to have someone come in to a church of any kind and do this is sick. Only the Lord can see them through this."

And Amanda wrote "how sad for the Bishop's family and church family. My prayers are with them."

Action News Reporter Tommy Tran contributed to this story.

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