Amazingly, the perp managed to put a spin on the situation "I was just trying to get someone to listen".

From the article:
Gates said he asked the church for help, but was frustrated.

"I've been praying, begging," Gates said. "They won't let me see my children. I tried everything. What can you do?"

Gates' sister, Amanda Gates, 34, was charged with providing her brother with the shotgun and driving him to the church.

Apparently 'trying everything' includes...well, mayhem. Poor guy just trying to turn his life around.