It’s been several says since news of Devin Kelley, the Texas shooter, blazed across news stations and social media. This was the worst mass shooting in Texas history.
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
We waited to see what stories would come out of this act of pure evil before compiling a list of links for our readers. Here’s what we’ve collected so far.
The Texas shooter was Devin Patrick Kelley, 26 of New Braunfels, Texas.
His Facebook page was quickly locked down, but multiple outlets and the general public got a look before that happened.
Kelley appears to have been a fervent atheist and a generally violent, unstable man with a disturbing past.
Some biographical bits about the Texas shooter:
- Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member (2010 to 2014)
- Dishonorable discharge from Air Force and he was Court Martialed in November 2012 for assault on his wife and their child. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement and two reductions in rank to basic airman.
- While facing those charges, Kelley escaped from a mental health institution he was confined to. He was arrested not far from the U.S./Mexico border.
- According to media reports, an appeals court decision filed in 2013 affirmed the earlier decision against Kelley.
- The Air Force did not properly report his domestic abuse charge to the FBI, which would have blocked Kelley from buying a firearm.
- Kelley sent violent text messages prior to the shooting.
- Kelley was a monster. In the past had also punched a dog, cracked his infant stepson’s skull and stalked a woman.
- He had a 2003 Marijuana possession charge.
- Attended New Braunfels High School from 2003 to 2009.
Update (11/9/17): Texas police are investigating why a 2013 rape case against Kelley was dropped.
Timeline of the Shooting
The shooting took place at the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas. Kelley allegedly approached the church at 11:20 am wearing all black and had on tactical gear of some type.
A cashier at a gas station across the street from the church reported hearing about 20 shots being fired while a church service was underway around 11:30 a.m.
There were just under 50 people in the church at the time. 26 were killed – most were family members. According to witnesses who survived, Kelley went pew to pew shooting “point blank at crying babies.”
23 were murdered inside the church and 2 deceased persons were found outside. One more person died at a local hospital authorities said during a press conference Sunday.
First Baptist Church apparently posts videos of the Church services on YouTube. It is quite possible that the shooting may be captured on video, but law enforcement has not commented on that yet.
The Victims of the Texas Shooter
An official list of the victims has yet to be released, however some have been identified by loved ones. One victim was the 14-year-old daughter of First Baptist Church’s pastor Frank Pomeroy. The girl’s mother Sherri Pomeroy, confirmed her daughter’s death to media shortly after the shooting as they were out of town when it happened.
The Holcomb Family saw nine of their family die in the shooting including Bryan Holcombe, Karla Holcombe, Marc Daniel Holcombe and Noah Holcombe. Crystal Holcombe died shielding her five children. Three of her children died – Emily, Megan and Greg Holcombe. Crystal Holcombe was 8 months pregnant.
Joann Ward and two of her children, Brooke Ward (age 5) and Emily Garza ( age 7) were killed. Also killed by the Texas shooter were Shani and Robert Corrigan, Sarah and Dennis Johnson, Haley Krueger, Karen and Robert Marshall, Tara McNulty, Richard and Theresa Rodriguez and 71 year old Lula White.
Texas Shooter Stopped by Armed Neighbor, Good Samaritan
A neighbor, Stephen Willeford, who is a former NRA instructor, heard the shooting and acted quickly. Willeford engaged the suspect, apparently hitting Kelley in the leg and torso. Willeford says he is ‘no hero’ but the survivors might beg to differ. Watch Willeford describe the events in an interview by local media outlet, 4029 TV.
Witness to Sutherland Springs church shooting: a neighbor shot suspect causing him to leave the scene. pic.twitter.com/oM5yWm12KX
— SpiritCancer (@nwoupdate) November 5, 2017
Kelley fled the scene and Willeford followed with a good samaritan, Johnnie Langendorff, who stopped at the scene.
The pair chased Kelley down a local highway until the the suspect’s car veered and crashed. Police said that Kelley died at the scene from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
According to law enforcement, a “Ruger AR assault type rifle” was the weapon used. That weapon may be the same one Kelley posted to his Facebook page with the remarks, “She’s a bad bitch.”
Law enforcement also indicated that other weapons found in Kelley’s car and that the ATF raided his home last Sunday evening “looking for explosives.”
American Lens will add to this article as more details become available.