Texas church shooter, 26, who killed at least 26 people – including a pastor’s 14-year-old daughter – had been dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force for assaulting his wife and child

Monday, November 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

At least 26 people were shot dead by gunman and at least 24 others are being treated for injuries
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, a married father, was wearing black, tactical gear and carrying a military style assault rifle when walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire
Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was confronted by a neighbor armed with a rifle
The gunman fled but but was pursued by the neighbor and another local man, Johnnie Langendorff
Kelley eventually lost control of his car during the high speed chase and Langendorff says he was shot dead by the unnamed local hero
One witness told authorities that among those who were shot in the attack was a two-year-old child
The church pastor Frank Pomeroy said his ‘beautiful’ daughter Annabelle, 14, was killed in the shooting
A LinkedIn account reveals Kelley, who was married, was an Air Force veteran and ex-Bible studies teacher
He was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force for assaulting his wife and child in 2014

By Hannah Parry and Valerie Edwards
5 November 2017

The mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 26 – including a two-year-old child – has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force for assaulting his wife and child.

Devin Patrick Kelley, a married father, walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was confronted by a heroic local man who shot at the mass shooter as he left the church. Kelley was reportedly killed by that same brave neighbor following a high speed car chase.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 26 people were killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. Victims include a two-year-old girl, a pregnant woman and the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said ‘multiple’ victims are being treated.

Kelley was a US Air Force veteran and former Bible studies teacher but his Facebook page, which has been deleted by the FBI, reveals he had a worrying fascination with weaponry.

He’s recently shared a photo of an AR-15 style gun on Facebook with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b***h.’

The 26-year-old was married to Danielle Shields, and they appear to have a child together. His mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, appears to have been a parishioner at the First Baptist Church and was friends on social media with the pastor’s wife.

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley’s states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. The Pentagon confirmed he was an airman ‘at one point,’ but did not release further details.

He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was kicked out for assaulting his wife and their child. Kelley was court-martialled for two counts of assaulting his spouse and kid, and received 12 months ‘confinement’ and a dishonorable discharge in 2014, CBS reported.

Kelley then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child.

Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

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