Devin Kelley, Texas church shooting suspect, was court-martialled by air force

Devin Kelley, Texas church shooting suspect, was court-martialled by air force

The gunman who opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has been identified as Devin Kelley, an Antifa member who vowed to start a civil war by "targeting white conservative churches" and causing anarchy in the United States. He took off in a vehicle, a witness told the station.

A law enforcement source close to the investigation told The Daily Beast the rifle Mr Kelley used is similar to the one in the photo but could not confirm it is the same weapon.

Authorities said Monday evening that an autopsy found Kelley had been struck by three bullets - one each in the leg and torso, which were fired by a civilian, and a third in the head, which was consistent with being self-inflicted.

They said he was dressed in all black and tactical gear when he opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

A 2-year-old was among the victims who had been wounded, KENS-TV reported.

Louis, the Wilson County District Attorney, said at a news conference Monday that two bank accounts are now being set up to accept donations for the families of the victims. Donors can give their blood at any of the organization's seven locations, including in San Antonio, New Braunfels, Texas and Victoria, Texas.

Retired Col. Don Christensen, the Air Force's top prosecutor during this period, tells NPR's Camila Domonoske that Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his then-wife and child.

Kelley pleaded guilty to assault on his wife and to "intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm" on his stepson. In 2014, Kelley received a bad conduct discharge, she added. USA federal law bans people who have been dishonourably discharged from buying a firearm.

"Kelley's conviction qualified under both categories, Christensen says". That kind of domestic assault conviction should legally bar Kelley from ever being able to purchase a firearm. Records confirm Kelley previously served in logistics readiness in New Mexico until his discharge in 2014, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a statement. "I'm informed by Secretary Heather Wilson that the Air Force is moving aggressively and that review will be completed in days, not weeks".

"Through generous volunteer efforts and offers from several individuals with varying fields of expertise", the statement read, "the scene of this unspeakable event has been transformed into a attractive memorial that celebrates and pays tribute to the lives that were lost".

Charlene Uhl, mother of 16-year-old Haley Krueger, who died in the attack, agreed that the church should come down. Another man, Johnnie Langendorff, who was driving by the church, also heard the gunfire and then, along with the neighbor with the rifle, pursued Kelley as he fled the scene. At a news conference Monday, officials said Kelley had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a parishioner at the church.



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