Pastor: NC man in car attack had mental illness

Authorities work the scene of a restaurant where police say a man intentionally rammed a vehicle into the steak and seafood eatery shortly after midday Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Bessemer City, N.C., leaving his 26-year-old daughter and one other person dead and several others injured. The vehicle's driver, Roger Self, was immediately arrested. Jail records show he’s been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. (Kevin Ellis/The Gaston Gazette via AP)

A North Carolina pastor says the man accused of ramming his vehicle into a restaurant and killing two of his own family members was suffering from severe depression and anxiety and had struggled to find psychiatric care.

The Rev. Austin Rammell of Venture Church in Dallas, North Carolina, told reporters on Monday that Roger Self underwent radical changes beginning a little more than two months ago that led him to commit an "awful act." He said a man who had been an "icon" in his community for decades developed severe mental illness. Rammell said Self sought treatment and asked his son to take his guns away.

Rammell said he and Self's family had tried to help him, but he said, "At the end of the day we were unable to help our friend."

The crash Sunday killed Self's 26-year-old daughter and his daughter-in-law, and injured his son, wife and granddaughter.

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