Suspected shooter in murder-suicide attempt: 'I'm going to go be with Jesus'

Doctors say a man suspected of killing a family member before turning the gun on himself has died.

Pinellas Park Police say 29-year-old Anthony McClaney  shot and killed his mother's fiancee inside a Pinellas Park hotel.  McClaney died this afternoon after family members made the decision to take him off life support.

 

The family was staying at the TownePlace Suites off Ulmerton Road after a fire on December 18 put them out of their Largo home.

McClaney allegedly entered the room where his mother and fiancee were staying and acted strangely.

"There was a little conversation between mom and Anthony, you know, 'what are you doing?' He comes back out of the bathroom, and mom is now back in bed with her fiancee. He walks back into the room and without saying a word, points the gun, and pulls the trigger," says Sgt. Adam Greissenberger with Pinellas Park PD.

Police say McClaney turned the gun on himself after he shot and killed 48-year old Mitchell Arnold as he was in bed with McClaney's mother.

Before he shot himself, police say he told his mother, "I'm going to go be with Jesus," and pulled the trigger of the .39 caliber revolver.

His mother told police he has a history of mental delusions, and family members state they have no idea where he got the gun.

Police say there was no previous confrontation between McClaney and Arnold, and hotel management say the family has since moved out of their room.

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