The identity of the alleged assailant in the Texas Church shooting –that led to the death of over 20 individuals and injuries to dozens more– has been released and his name is Devin Patrick Kelley, who according to the NY Times is from nearby Comal County, Texas, which is roughly 30 mies north of San Antonio.
According to crowd-sourced (and therefore unverified) Everipedia, here’s what is currently being said about Kelley. He graduated from New Braunfels High School (which just over 30 miles away from Sutherland Springs) and he served in the US Air Force. He allegedly taught a Bible Study class at a nearby church in 2013. Reports have also surfaced that his Mother-in-law owns a Sutherland Springs P.O. box, but that is unconfirmed.
Little is known about the Kelly’s motivation, but he was killed after a brief chase with local authorities that he led into Guadalupe County, which is adjacent to Wilson County’s Sutherland Springs where massacre took place. It is still unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life.
CNN reports that Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr revealed that t least 27 people have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb.” One of the victims was the 14 year-old daughter of church paster Frank Pomeroy.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 5, 2017
According to eyewitness accounts, he entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs dressed in full combat gear and opened fire just before 11:30 am local time. ABC News reports an eyewitness saying “We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store,” adding “It lasted about 15 seconds,” and “I yelled, ‘Get down! Get inside!’ and we all went into hiding.”
Sutherland Springs is a small town of roughly 350 residents and is roughly 30 miles south of nearby San Antonio.
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