Monday, November 6, 2017

#Texas church SHOOTER #DevinPatrickKelley-What we know so far! [details]

The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law -- who attended the church he targeted, authorities said Monday.

Devin Patrick Kelley had domestic problems and texted his mother-in-law as recently as Sunday morning, not long before he carried out the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

"We know that he expressed anger towards his mother-in-law, who attends this church," said Freeman Martin of Texas' Department of Public Safety.
But his mother-in-law was not inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs when Kelley sprayed the congregation with gunfire. The youngest killed was a 17-month-old girl, her family told CNN. The oldest was 77 years old, Martin said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the slaughter "the largest mass shooting" in the state's history. But it's still unclear exactly what motivated the killer.
"We know that his ex- in-laws or in-laws came to church here from time to time," Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN. "They were not here yesterday. So we don't know why he actually showed up yesterday."

Those killed ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old, Martin said. The toddler's family gave the girl's age as 17 months.
-- Ten of the 20 people wounded remain in critical condition Monday, authorities said. And virtually no one at the church was left unscathed, Tackitt said. "I think nearly everyone had some type of injury," the sheriff told reporters Monday.

After Kelley left the church, he was confronted and shot by an armed resident. After Kelley was shot, he called his father, telling him he didn't think he was going to make it, Martin said. That's when Kelley shot himself.
-- It was not immediately clear whether Kelley died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound or from the shot by the resident. "However, investigators found evidence at the scene that indicates the subject may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Martin said.
-- Investigators have reviewed video footage from inside the church, Martin said.
-- Speaking from Japan, President Donald Trump expressed condolences for the victims during a Monday news conference and said he believes the shooting was caused by a "mental health problem," not an issue with US gun laws.

Details of Kelley's life, however, painted a portrait of a young man capable of disturbing behavior and, allegedly, violence.

Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, confirmed that Kelley — who joined the military after graduating from New Braunfels High School in 2009 — was court-martialed in 2012 on two charges of assaulting his first spouse and a child.

He was confined for a year, given a bad conduct discharge and reduced in rank to E-1, or airman basic, Stefanek said.

Records show his first wife divorced him in 2012 in New Mexico. "She's very upset," the ex-wife's mother told NBC News, adding that she did not want to speak about him until she was interviewed by law enforcement.

Kelley remarried in Texas in 2014. The status of that marriage was not clear, but authorities said there was a "domestic situation" with him and his in-laws.

"The suspect's mother-in-law attended this church," Freeman Martin, regional director of the state Department of Public Safety, said at a Monday news conference. "She has received threatening texts from him."

Federal officials said they'd found no obvious link between Kelley and an organized terrorist group, and state police said there was no evidence of a racial of religious motivation.

Martin told reporters that Kelley was wearing the tactical gear and the ballistics vest when he pulled into a gas station in Sutherland Springs at 11:20 a.m. (12:20 p.m. ET) Sunday. He had multiple weapons in his car, Martin said.

After leaving the gas station, the gunman crossed the street, got out of his car and sprayed First Baptist Church's right side with his rifle, Martin said. He then entered the church and continued to fire until a local resident grabbed Kelley's rifle, forcing him to drop it and flee. The resident pursued Kelley, who drove off the road and crashed, Martin said.

Kelley was later found dead, Martin said, although it was unclear how he died.

"The cause and manner of the death...will be determined by a pathologist during the autopsy," Martin said. "However, investigators found evidence at the scene that indicates the subject may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

via CNN

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