Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old resident of New Braunfels, Texas, was responsible for the deaths of over two dozen churchgoers in a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday.
What do we know about the shooter?
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- Kelley grew up in a New Braunfels, Texas home worth nearly $1 million, which was owned by his parents.
- His home was approximately 35 minutes from the Sutherland Springs church.
- Kelley was booted from the Air Force after being court-martialed for an assault on his wife and child. Kelley was charged with two counts under Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, assault on his spouse and assault on their child.
- He joined the Air Force soon after leaving high school, serving from 2009 through 2013.
- According to The New York Times, Kelley’s former wife filed for divorce in 2012 in New Mexico.
- Kelley remarried in 2014.
- Kelley was a licensed security guard at a prominent Texas waterpark.
- He lived in a renovated barn, a property from which neighbors would often hear gunfire ring out.
- Kelley had personal ties to First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, as his former in-laws attended the church from time to time. They were not present at the time of the attack.
- The Daily Mail reported that Kelley’s current wife once taught Sunday school at the church.
- Some of Kelley’s former classmates spoke out about his disturbing online presence, which included professing atheism.
- According to The Daily Beast, Kelley formerly taught children at a nearby church’s summer bible study.
- He was denied a permit for a gun by the State of Texas, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who cited mental health issues.
- According to CNN, Kelley purchased the firearm used in the shooting in April 2016 from an Academy Sports & Outdoors store in nearby San Antonio.
- CNN reported that when Kelley filled out background check paperwork at the store, he indicated that he did not have a disqualifying criminal history.
- He listed an address in Colorado Springs, Colorado when he purchased the weapon.