The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, told Fox News on Monday morning that the shooter in the First Baptist Church massacre was denied a “right to carry” permit.
Although he did not give details as to why he was denied, Abbott said more information was coming soon.
Also announced was that the shooter’s ex-wife’s parents were members of the church.
The shooter, identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 people and injured another 20 early Sunday morning as the service was being conducted at the church.
Governor Abbott also shared some new information during his interview. According to the governor, the shooter was shot by a neighbor who lives near the church. Reportedly, the neighbor heard the shots being fired, grabbed his gun and confronted the shooter as he exited the facility.
Eight members of one family, including an eight-months-pregnant mother and three of her children were killed, a community leader and relative told CNN, without revealing their identities.
Horrific new details of the attack have started to emerge with police saying there was likely “no way” for congregants to escape. Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said: ‘He (Kelley) just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out. It’s unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. Defenseless people.’ According to Fox News, there is video of the massacre because the church recorded its masses.
Kelley, who was a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher, was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force for assaulting his wife and child.
According to the Daily Mail, Kelley volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church. He was reportedly employed by Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels and licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a security guard at the time of the shooting.
Former classmates described him as ‘”creepy,” “crazy,” and an “outcast” who had recently started preaching about atheism and picking fights on social media. However, local law enforcement says he had a relatively clean criminal record, with only traffic offenses in recent years.
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