San Antonio, Texas (November 6, 2017): The man who opened fire in a church in suburban Sutherland Springs town near killing 27 people and wounded 20 others has been identified as 26-year-old white male Devin Patrick Kelley who lived a short distance from the church.
The suspect was a former member of the U.S. Air Force who served in logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge in 2014.
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The US Air Force said yesterday that Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for assault on his spouse and their child. He received a bad conduct discharge, a 12-month sentence in a military prison and a reduction in rank for the offense.
The shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, which is east of San Antonio, occurred at 11:30 a.m. local time. The incident claimed 26 lives and wounded 20 others, Wilson County authorities said.
After fleeing the shooting scene, the suspect was found dead by a gunshot wound in his vehicle in neighboring Guadalupe County, Wilson County authorities said.
Prior to the shooting, the suspect was seen at a gas station dressed in all black before crossing the street to the church and opening fire on the congregation with a “Ruger AR assault-type rifle,” Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin said at a subsequent press conference on Sunday.