'I go to church, I take my guns with me': Tongans taking US approach to 'feel secure'

The church bells ring all morning and the smell of the earth oven - known as Umu in Tongan - wafts through the streets.

Tongan farmer Tevita Sanft is a church regular.

The 56-year-old travels from his home to the chapel every Sunday with his family.

It's only a short 10-minute drive, but these days a special passenger comes along for the ride.

"When I go to church, I take my guns with me," he said.

Sanft owns livestock on his small seven-acre farm. And in the past, his firearms were used solely for his work around the property.

White Florida shooter who killed 3 Black victims bought guns legally

The shooter, Ryan Christopher Palmeter, lived with his parents in a suburb of Jacksonville, Sheriff T.K. Waters told a press conference.

"There was no criminal record, nothing," he said, adding that the only thing on file was a domestic violence call with his brother.

"There were no red flags."

Reuters could not immediately reach members of the shooter's family for comment.

Facebook apologises for baby hedgehog Marketplace ads

The social network has apologised, saying a glitch had prevented it from properly screening posts and removing those that violated its policies.

Marketplace offers users a way to buy and sell items to and from others in their local area.

An earlier version of the facility used to be available on Facebook's website.