More details have emerged on the Baptist church shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas, who killed 26 people including a 5 year old child and the pastor’s 14 year old daughter, Annabelle Pomeroy during the 11am service on Sunday.
The shooter has been identified as 26 year old Devin Kelley, who served in the US airforce from 2010, before he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 for beating up his wife and child. Kelley, 26, was from the San Antonio suburb of New Braunfels, Texas.
Kelly served one year in military prison for the assault on his wife and kid in 2012 and was immediately discharged from the US Airforce after he served his time. The motive for his attack isn’t yet known.
The attack was stopped when a man 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. Regional Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Freeman Martin said:
“At this time, we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident”.
Law enforcement officials are currently searching Kelley’s home. Officials said they don’t believe Kelley is linked to organized terrorists, but they are looking at social media posts Kelley made before the attack, including one that showed him holding a semiautomatic weapon.
Other reports claim Kelley taught Bible classes at Kingsville First Baptist Church.