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Suspect Kyle Odom claims shooting victim a 'Martian' on Facebook

Manifesto mailed to KXLY suggests second intended victim at church

Suspect Kyle Odom claims shooting victim a 'Martian' on Facebook

SPOKANE, Wash. - Someone updated Kyle Odom's Facebook account Tuesday afternoon with a cryptic message claiming that Pastor Tim Remington was a 'Martian' and had ruined his life, claiming he had shot him 12 times and no way a human could have survived.

This comes on the heels of a letter, received by KXLY, other media outlets and his parents Tuesday, which included a printed page and a thumb drive filled with an electronic manifesto of documents.

Tuesday afternoon a Facebook account for Kyle Odom was changed, adding more than four dozen people as friends, his profile picture was changed and then a message was posted about the reason for the shooting of Remington. The statement reads:

"Things are not what they appear to be. The world is ruled by ancient civilization from Mars. Pastor Tim was one of them, and he was the reason my life was ruined. I will be sharing my story with as many people as possible. I don't have time right now, they are chasing me. I shot Pastor Tim 12 times, there is no way any human could have survived that event. Anyway, I have sent my story to all the major news organizations. I have no time, I have to go."

KXLY cannot independently verify whether or not Odom is updating the account on his own.

A letter postmarked in Spokane Monday showed up at the KXLY 4 News studio Tuesday. The return address was marked with Kyle Odom's name with a Coeur d'Alene address and the only item inside the business-sized envelope was a single page of paper titled "The Truth About Kyle Odom."

The letter appears to have been generated on a color copier.

Odom included a thumb drive in the envelope, which KXLY has not reviewed. However Coeur d'Alene police say the thumb drive contains rambling writings in which he lays out his reasons for attacking Remington. Police say it shows the attack Sunday was not random.

Coeur d' Alene Police detectives would not say if the documents provide clues about Odom's location or if he has any plans for violence in the future. They did, however, confirm that Odom did target Remington specifically, as well as another member of Altar Church. That second church member was alerted about the situation by police and he and his family are safe.

Odom's parents received a similar letter at their Coeur d'Alene home, and his father Terry told KXLY Tuesday afternoon he had dinner with his son the night before the shooting and there was no indication his son was planning any type of attack.

Terry said the shooting took them totally by surprise and that his son is not a violent person, adding that his son probably doesn't realize the gravity of what happened in the church parking lot.

Odom is urging his son Kyle to surrender himself to police wherever he is, that his family is very concerned about his welfare and they want him safely back in Coeur d'Alene.

Odom's current whereabouts is unknown. He was last seen heading westbound out of Idaho and hasn't been seen or heard from since around 8 pm Sunday.

Remington, meanwhile, remains in the ICU at Kootenai Health, where he is listed as stable.