Breaking News: Several People Dead In Texas Church Shooting
Investigators are scrambling to find a motive on the suspect who opened fire inside a South Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas on Sunday. 26 people were killed and many injured in the attack. The suspect has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:20 a.m., before fleeing in a vehicle, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. Witnesses said Kelley was dressed in all black tactical gear and a ballistic vest and a Department of Public Safety official said he was carrying a Ruger ARb assault-type rifle.
According to an eyewitness, a local resident armed himself with a rifle and engage Kelly as he was leaving the church. The shooter dropped his gun, a Ruger AR “assault-type rifle” and fled with the resident in pursuit.
The shooter drove north into neighboring Guadeloupe County, authorities said. Just inside that county, law enforcement officers found him dead inside his vehicle with a gunshot wound.
“At this time, we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident” who chased him, Martin, said.
The suspect is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. Records confirm he previously served in logistics readiness in New Mexico until his discharge in 2014, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a statement.
Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault on his spouse and assault on their child, Stefanek said. He received a bad conduct discharge and confinement for 12 months.
He has a residence in New Braunfels, Texas, which is about a 35-mile drive from where the attack took place in Sutherland Springs