An armor-clad gunman opened fire at a small Baptist church in a tiny town in Texas on Sunday morning, killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 in the largest mass shooting in the state’s history. According to the two law enforcement sources, the suspected shooter has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old man; the intension of this cruel mass homicide is still unclear.
Around 11:20 AM, the gunman dressed all-black and wearing a ballistic vest opened fire with a Ruger assault-type rifle outside the church, and then entered the church as he continued to fire.
Officials said, as the suspect left the church, a resident began firing with his own weapon forcing the suspect to flee in his car. The gunman was later found with a fatal gunshot wound in his vehicle in nearby County. Heavy weapons were found inside the suspect’s vehicle.
Tom Vinger from the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement, “The shooter was later found deceased in his vehicle in Guadalupe County. The exact circumstances of the gunman’s death are still under investigation. The wounded individuals were transported to San Antonio Medical Center and University Hospital in San Antonio.”
This attack is the deadliest mass shooting in history of Texas and fifth deadliest in the modern US history. The number of people killed and injured in this shootout makes up almost 10 percent of the whole population of this small rural town of Texas Sutherland Springs.
President Donald Trump who was in Japan on a 2 week trip to several Asian countries, marked it as a “horrific shooting.” He ordered flags flown at half-staff at the White House and all federal buildings through Thursday.
The President said, “Americans will do what we do best: we pull together and join hands and lock arms and through the tears and sadness we stand strong.”
Identity of gunman
• Kelley reportedly lived in New Braunfels, Texas, which is about a 35 mile drive from Sutherland Springs.
• Multiple sources have reported that the Suspect was a member of the US Air Force.
• He served at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.
• Kelley served in the military from 2010 until 2014, he left military following a court martial.
• He received a bad conduct discharge and 12 months in a military prison after a cruel assault on his spouse and child.