The man who murdered at least 26 churchgoers and wounded dozens more in Sutherland Springs, Texas today has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelley lived in nearby Comal County, Texas not far from Sutherland Springs.
According to mediaite.com, Kelley…
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.
Accoring to CBS News,
The shooting suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, CBS News has learned from federal law enforcement sources.
Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in May 2014, CBS News has learned.
Federal law enforcement sources say the suspect used an AR-15 type rifle, CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.
A law enforcement official confirmed that the gunman is deceased. He was shot after a car chase with police, but it’s unclear if he shot himself or if he was shot by police, CBS News’ senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.
If the report of a dishonorable discharge is correct, that would make Kelley a prohibited person and his firearms were owned illegally.
During a press conference now under way in Stockdale, Texas, authorities confirmed that 26 are dead, not including Kelley. Another 20 were wounded and are being treated.
They said Kelley was dressed in “full combat gear” and used a Ruger “AR-15 type assault rifle” which he dropped when locals opened fire on him as he exited the church. They confirmed the earlier report that he was found dead in his vehicle of a gunshot wound, but do not yet know if it was self-inflicted or the result of fire from law enforcement officers or locals.