Sutherland Springs church shooter identified

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A 26-year-old named Devin Patrick Kelley has been named as the suspect in Sunday morning’s massacre at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Kelley is said to be the lone gunman in the mass murder of 25 people in and around the First Baptist Church. One victim died after transport to the hospital, bringing the death toll to 26, reports Associated Press. Authorities believe Kelley killed two people outside the church before moving inside. He was dressed in black tactical clothing and carrying a rifle, according to the Washington Post. Dead congregation members ranged in age from five years old to 72.

Multiple weapons were found in Kelley’s vehicle, though police say he discarded the rifle used to kill dozens in the church at the scene of the crime.

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Public records acquired by the Daily Beast show that Kelley was a resident of New Braunfels, Texas, which is about 40 minutes outside of San Antonio. Social media accounts connected to Kelley say he served in the Air Force from after graduating high school in 2009 until 2013.

In 2014, Kelley was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force, according to Defense Department records reviewed by the Daily Beast. That discharge followed a 2012 court martial for an assault committed against his wife and their child. He was sentenced to a year of confinement and two reductions in rank in addition to a bad-conduct discharge.


At this time, the only known connection between Kelley and Sutherland Springs is a P.O. box in the small town owned by his mother-in-law that he maintained as his mailing address.

There is no motive for the shooter’s actions at this time.

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