At least 20 people were shot inside a church in Texas after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.
Devin Kelley opened fire on the pews of the First Baptist Church, searching for answers on a possible motive while the stories of those massacred began to emerge.
The gunman suspected of opening fire at a church in Texas on Sunday has been identified to Fox News as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley.
Kelley worked as a security guard for a Texas waterpark this past summer, according to a resume under his name that appears online.
Investigators said Kelley didn’t appear to be connected to any organized terrorist groups.
According to Washington post, Authorities said 26 people were killed in the Sunday rampage, the latest eruption of violence in a seemingly safe public space. The dead included eight relatives spanning three generations in a single family. While officials had said the victims ranged in age from 5 to 72, one family said a 1-year-old girl was also killed, part of the eight family members slain in the attack.
Kelley arrived at church ready for war, wearing black tactical gear and a ballistics vest and toting what authorities described as an “assault-type rifle.” NBC report”.
The 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley,killed at least 26 people and wounded approximately 20 after he unleashed a hail of bullets in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, in the deadliest church shooting in modern U.S. history.
A law enforcement official told the San Antonio Express-News Kelley wasn’t believed to be a member of First Baptist Church, but had ties to the church through family members.
Police didn’t name Kelley during a press conference, but only described him as a white male in his 20s.
Kelley, a 26-year-old former Air Force member, was court-martialed in 2012 and sentenced to a year in military prison for assaulting his spouse and child, making him the latest mass attacker or suspect with domestic violence in his past. He was reduced in rank and released with a bad-conduct discharge in 2014.
Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, confirmed that Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 on two charges of assaulting his spouse and their child. He was confined for a year, given a bad conduct discharge and reduced in rank to E-1, or airman basic, Stefanek said.
NBC News report that,Kelley’s first marriage ended in divorce in 2012. He remarried in 2014; the status of that relationship was unclear.
Two ex-girlfriends said, Kelley’s behavior became disturbing — even violent — after they broke up with him.
Brittany Adcock, 22, said she dated Kelley for two months when she was 13 and he was 18.
“At the time I didn’t think much into it being so young but now I realize that there’s something off about someone who is 18 with someone who is 13,” she said.
When she broke it off, he continued to harass her, she said.
“He somehow would always find out my number although none of my friends talked to him and he would constantly call me until I blocked his number,” she said. “Then I’d get calls from an unknown number so I’ve had to change my number quite a bit.
The attack was stopped when a man (pictured above) at the church pulled out his own gun and engaged Kelley. The man then pursued Kelley by car into an adjacent county, where the suspect ran off the road and was later found dead in his vehicle.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) suggested Monday morning that “there may have been a reason why this particular location was targeted,” though he did not go into detail, saying that the details could emerge in the coming hours or days.
A search of criminal records in Comal County, where Kelley lived, yielded only minor violations — driving with an expired registration, speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving without insurance.
Dave Ivey, Kelley’s uncle, said in a Facebook message that he “never in a million years could of believed Devin could be capable of this kind of thing.”
“I am numb,” Ivey said. “My family will suffer because of his coward actions. … I am so sorry for the victims in Texas.”
At a news conference in Tokyo, Trump said he thought “mental health” was a possible motive, adding that it appeared the shooter was “a very deranged individual, a lot of problems for a long period of time.” He did not provide further explanation.
The incident “isn’t a guns situation,” Trump said. “Fortunately someone else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction,” he added, or it “would have been much worse.”