Texas Church Shooter Identified as Devin Kelley

Governor says mass shooting was worst in Texas history
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2017 10:56 PM CST
Updated Nov 6, 2017 12:01 AM CST
Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. eople.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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(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 Antonio suburb of New Braunfels, around 35 miles away from the church in Sutherland Springs. An Air Force spokeswoman says Kelly received a bad-conduct discharge in 2014. He was court-martialed in 2012 and spent a year in confinement after allegedly assaulting his wife and child. The latest developments:

  • Pursued by an armed resident. In a press conference Sunday night, Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin said the gunman attacked the church around 11:20am dressed in black "tactical-type gear," CNN reports. Martin said after the massacre, an armed citizen engaged the suspect and then pursued his vehicle. He said after a chase, the gunman was found dead in his vehicle. It's not clear whether the suspect shot himself or was fatally shot by the citizen.

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