The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott confirmed Sunday that 26 people have been killed in a mass shooting that took place at the First Baptist Church at approximately 11:20am local time.
The shooter was reportedly dressed in all black tactical gear. Texas authorities say he approached the church and then shot at the facility from the outside. He then walked inside and shot again.
A local resident approached the shooter with a shotgun. That’s when the shooter took off in a red truck where he was later found dead by police.
The shooter is being identified by news outlets as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26. Although police did not provide his name during a press conference held Sunday evening, CBS News Fox News, and MSNBC all reported Kelley as the shooter.
If Kelley is indeed the shooter, a week before he committed the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, Kelley posted a photo of an assault rifle to Facebook with the caption: “She’s a bad bitch.”
According to public records, Kelley, 26, was a resident of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio. Kelley was married and his mother-in-law listed a P.O. box in Sutherland Springs as a mailing address. San Antonio police reportedly raided Kelley’s home on Sunday evening. A LinkedIn account appearing to belong to Kelley describes him as serving in the U.S. Air Force from his 2009 high-school graduation until 2013, after which he briefly taught at a summer Bible school.
CBS News reports the following:
Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in May 2014, CBS News has learned.
A law enforcement official confirmed that the gunman is deceased. He was shot after a car chase with police, but it’s unclear if he shot himself or if he was shot by police, CBS News’ senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.
A photos of Kelley:
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