Devin Kelley, 26, who opened fire on worshippers in First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs yesterday, was described as “creepy” and “weird” by former schoolmates.
Classmate Nina Rosa Nava write on Facebook that the mass murderer used to rant on the social network about his atheist beliefs.
She said: “He was always talking about how people who believe in God were stupid and trying to preach his atheism.”
Fellow user Christopher Leo Longoria replied: “I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super nagtive (sic) all the timd (sic).”
Stephen Willeford used an AR to shoot Devin Kelley . . . Men shot at, chased after Sutherland Springs church shooter
Langendorff said he didn’t get a good look at the shooter besides that he was in all black, but he saw and heard the gunfire. He said it seemed like Kelley was shooting a pistol at that point.
The neighbor, who Langendorff didn’t know, had what appeared to be an AR-15.
“The gentleman with the rifle came to my truck as the shooter took off, and he briefed me quickly on what had just happened, and said that we had to get him and so that’s what I did,” Langendorff said.
Does anyone have $64,000? . . . Boas: After Texas church shooting, here’s the question we should ask
If there is a provenance for these mass shootings in modern America it is Texas. Fifty-one years ago, a former Marine sharpshooter carried his footlocker full of rifles to the observation tower of the main building at the University of Texas in Austin and killed 15 people and injured 31 others.
Some 130-plus rampage shootings later, we are back in Texas pondering, “Why did this happen and how can we stop it?”
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) November 5, 2017
Poorly-timed, but is this really worse than the anti-gun left’s blood-dancing? . . . NRA Criticized for Tweeting About Gun Terminology Amid Deadly Texas Church Shooting
A few hours after the mass shooting, the NRA tweeted the post, entitled “It’s Time For a Vocabulary Lesson…” The story explains the difference between various terms including “semi-automatic assault rifles” and “AR-15s.” The tweet was later deleted, and the NRA did not respond to a request for comment from Fortune.
Many people joined Moulton in denouncing the NRA’s tweet. “Try to care about human people for like one minute?” one person wrote in response to the article.
As if it matters . . . The New York attack was labeled ‘terrorism.’ The Texas shooting wasn’t. Here’s why
“But do the thought experiment: If this attack on the church in Charleston had been conducted by a Muslim man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ what is already a big news story would have become even bigger, as it would appear to fit so well into the political and media narrative that Muslim militants are the major terrorist problem in the United States,” Bergen wrote.
His comments get at what some observers have been saying for years — some acts of violence are only labeled terrorism if the attacker is dark-skinned and Muslim.
“There’s a danger that we only use the word ‘terrorism’ to refer to a particular racial profile of perpetrator,” said Andrew Mumford with the Center for Conflict, Security and Terrorism. “The Charleston example is a really important one … Sometimes (the label) terrorism is not used when the nationality of the perpetrator does not fit conventional stereotypes.”
Good, we’d been holding our breath waiting for this . . . LI congressional delegation condemns Texas church shooting
Members of the New York congressional delegation decried the shooting in Texas that killed more than two dozen people Sunday while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned Americans not to become numb to such massacres. …
Cuomo said in a statement that Americans cannot become “numb to tragedy.”
“We cannot accept mass shootings as part of who we are — this can and must stop,” he said. “In the memories of those we lost today in Texas, and last month in Las Vegas, and last year in Orlando, and all across this nation, we must come together and say: Enough is enough,” Cuomo said.
Texas Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane celebrations are always full of nods to the wild west, with cowboy hats, huge flames, big Texas stars and Texas-shaped confetti. However, one part of their usual celebrations didn’t seem right after a mass shooting near San Antonio: letting the winner fire a pair of pistols in the air.
While there was still plenty of Texas kitsch to go around (I mean, just look at the trophy), Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage told USA Today that they were skipping the pistols out of respect for the 26 people killed Sundaywhen a shooter opened fire on the First Baptist Church congregation in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
“In light of what happened, it was the respectful thing to do,” Gossage told USA Today.