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Ex-Wife Says Texas Shooter 'Had a Lot of Demons'

And an Air Force staff sergeant says Devin Kelley was 'a dude on the edge'

(Newser) - "He just had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him," Tessa Brennaman tells CBS News regarding her ex-husband, Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people in a Texas church last Sunday. Brennaman gave her first interview since the shooting Friday. The New York Times reports Brennaman was... More »

Texas Shooting Victims Could Sue US—and Win

Law professor makes the case; also, authorities say a church camera recorded the massacre

(Newser) - First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, often recorded its church services, raising the disturbing possibility that Sunday's massacre was captured on video. Now the New York Times reports that such a gruesome video does indeed exist. One law enforcement official says it shows Devin Kelley firing continuously for... More »

Killer Was at Church Festival 5 Days Before Shooting

Devin Kelley's mother-in-law was happy to see him

(Newser) - Five days before killing 26 people inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Devin Patrick Kelley rubbed elbows with the congregation at the church's annual fall festival. Attendees were surprised to see him with his children at the event—which included a bouncy house and petting zoo—... More »

Texas Shooter Escaped From Psychiatric Hospital in 2012

Devin Kelley also made death threats against his military superiors

(Newser) - Fives years before killing 26 people in a Texas church, Devin Kelley escaped from a psychiatric hospital after trying to sneak weapons onto his Air Force base and making death threats against his superiors, the New York Times reports. Kelley was sent to Peak Behavioral Health Services in Santa Teresa,... More »

Texas Authorities: You Won't Hear Us Speak Gunman's Name

It reflects wider movement to keep the victims at the forefront, suspects from being glorified

(Newser) - The shooter's name went unspoken at a news conference on the killings at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and authorities there say they intend to keep refraining from saying it. "We do not want to glorify him and what he has done," Texas Department of Public... More »

Man Who Shot Kelley: 'I Was Scared to Death'

Kelley broke toddler's skull in 2012 incident

(Newser) - The armed resident who confronted Texas church gunman Devin Kelley says he was "scared to death"—but he knew what he had to do. Stephen Willeford, who lives across the street from the Sutherlands Springs church Kelley attacked, tells KHBS/KHOG that he grabbed his rifle from its safe,... More »

Air Force Mistake Allowed Devin Kelley to Buy Guns

His domestic violence conviction was never reported to the Pentagon

(Newser) - The man who killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday should not have been able to buy the rifle he used, the Washington Post reports. On Monday, Air Force officials admitted that Devin Kelley's 2014 court-martial conviction for domestic violence should have precluded him from... More »

Gunman Sent 'Threatening Texts' to His Mother-in-Law

Massacre may have been triggered by 'domestic situation'

(Newser) - Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church appears to have been set off by some kind of family fight. "We can tell you that there was a domestic situation going on within this family," said a Texas Department of Public Safety official, adding that 26-year-old Devin Kelley... More »

Hero Describes Pursuit of Texas Church Shooter

Alleged gunman posted rifle picture on Facebook

(Newser) - Amid the horror of the Sutherland Springs church shooting , two men have emerged as heroes. One of them, a rifle-wielding man who engaged the gunman outside the Texas church, has not yet been identified. The other, motorist Johnnie Langendorff, says he pursued gunman Devin Kelley after he witnessed the gunfight... More »

Texas Church Victims Include Children, Pastor's Daughter

Relative says pregnant cousin, 3 kids died

(Newser) - There are 26 people confirmed dead in America's latest horrific mass shooting —including the 14-year-old daughter of Frank Pomeroy, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Pomeroy tells ABC that Annabelle, his youngest daughter, was a "very beautiful, special child." Pomeroy says he... More »

Trump: Texas Shooting 'Isn't a Guns Situation'

He calls it a 'mental health problem at the highest level'

(Newser) - President Trump says the mass shooting at a Texas church "isn't a guns situation," but is a "mental health problem at the highest level." Devin Kelley, the man authorities have identified as the gunman, was discharged from the Air Force in 2014 for allegedly assaulting... More »

Texas Church Shooter Identified as Devin Kelley

Governor says mass shooting was worst in Texas history

(Newser) - The death toll in Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church has risen to 26 and while officials haven't publicly named the gunman yet, law enforcement sources tell the AP that the shooter was Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old man who lived on the outskirts of the San... More »

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