At least 26 people were killed in November 5 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, CNN reports. About 20 were wounded, with victims ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old. The suspected shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. He was later found dead in his vehicle. Authorities have not said what may have motivated the suspected shooter.
The shooter, dressed in all-black “tactical-type gear” and wearing a ballistic vest, was seen in a Valero gas station across the street from the church in Sutherland Springs at about 11:20 AM local time November 5 morning. He left the gas station, crossed the street, got out of his vehicle and began firing before he entered the church.
As the suspected shooter left the church, a local resident used their own rifle to engage him. The shooter then fled the church, while the citizen pursued him. After a brief chase, law enforcement later found the suspect dead of a gunshot wound inside his vehicle. A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said multiple weapons were found in Kelley’s car. Authorities said they don’t know if the wound was self-inflicted or the result of the resident who fired on the suspect.
In April 2016, Kelley purchased the Ruger AR-556 rifle he used in the shooting from an Academy Sports & Outdoors store in San Antonio, Texas. Kelley was a member of the US Air Force and served at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for assault on his spouse and assault on their child. Kelley served a year in prison and received a bad conduct discharge in 2014.