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    26 dead, 20 injured in massacre at rural Texas church in worst mass shooting in state

    Nov 5, 2017


    At least 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a gunman stormed a church in rural Texas with a rifle this morning, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt and the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

    Victims' ages range from 5 to 72, authorities said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called today's shooting in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, the largest mass shooting in Texas history.

    The alleged shooter, a 26-year-old man, is also dead after the massacre at First Baptist Church, bringing the total number of fatalities to 27, authorities said.

    Here's what we know about the shooting:


    The attack began at about 11:20 a.m., after a suspect was seen at a Valero gas station in Sutherland Springs, dressed in all black, the Department of Public Safety said. The suspect crossed the street to the church, got out of his vehicle and began firing at the church, authorities said.

    The suspect then moved to the right side of the church and continued to fire, before entering the church and shooting more, authorities said.

    As the suspect exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect, after which he dropped his assault-type rifle and fled, authorities said.

    A citizen pursued the suspect, authorities said.

    The suspect, who fled in a car, crashed and was later found dead in his vehicle in Guadalupe County, according to the sheriff and the Department of Public Safety. It's unclear whether he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or whether he was shot by another person, officials said at a news conference this afternoon at Stockdale City Hall, near the church.

    Multiple weapons were found in the vehicle, authorities said, adding that the suspect had tactical-type gear and was wearing a ballistic vest.

    The threat is believed to be over, Wilson County District Attorney Audrey Gossett said.

    Authorities did not discuss a motive at this afternoon's news conference.

    Among those killed was a 14-year-old girl named Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at the church.

    Annabelle “was one very beautiful, special child,” Pomeroy told ABC News by phone.

    Pomeroy said he was in Oklahoma this morning, a rare weekend that he wasn't at the church.

    The other victims are all close friends of his, he said.

    Last Sunday, Pomeroy delivered a sermon at the church, encouraging parishioners to "lean on the Lord," even when circumstances don't make sense.

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely, or lean, on your own understanding," he said. "You see God's understanding is far greater and there may be things that are taking place that you don't understand but you still need to do what God's calling you to do."

    A woman who said she works at a gas station across the street from the church told ABC News she heard rapid gunfire around 11:15 a.m.

    Congregants fled the church and ran to the station cowering for cover, she said.

    “We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store,” said the woman, 49, though but declined to give her name.

    “It lasted about 15 seconds," she said. "I yelled, ‘Get down, get inside,' and we all went into hiding.”

    Within minutes of the gunfire, emergency personnel arrived at the scene, she said.

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    The shooter was identified as Devin Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, which is about 35 miles from Sutherland Springs, federal and state law enforcement sources told ABC News.

    The investigation into his background is unfolding. The suspect’s Facebook profile appeared to show a picture of an AR-15–style gun. The U.S. Air Force confirmed Kelley served from 2010 until his discharge, which the Department of Defense's service verification website reports was in 2014. Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman, said records confirmed Kelley served in the logistics readiness department at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.



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    Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    Nov 5, 2017


    Devin P. Kelley, who was court-martialed by the U.S. Air Force for assaulting his wife and child, was identified as the black-clad and military-rifle wielding gunman who walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning and slaughtered at least 26 people in the tiny, rural community near San Antonio.

    The shooter’s name was identified by multiple media outlets as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas whose Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. He was also a licensed security guard for a prominent waterpark. The motive was not yet clear; the gunman’s background includes Bible school teaching, but he also liked Facebook pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.” (You can see the photo later in this story.) He lived on a rural property near his parents in what KSAT-TV dubbed a “barndominium” (Those are affordable metal buildings converted into living quarters).

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    CBS News‏Verified account @CBSNews 12m12 minutes ago

    Authorities believe Devin Patrick Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, sheriff in Sutherland Springs says [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Amanda Guerra‏ @AmandaGuerraTX 10m10 minutes ago

    The #TexasChurchMassacre occurred on the 8th anniversary of the Fort Hood Shooting. On Nov. 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan shot & killed 13 ppl.
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    Clayton Neville‏ @ClaytonNeville 46m46 minutes ago

    Sheriff says church shooter's in-laws attended Sutherland Springs Baptist Church. Still investigating motive.
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    Paul Joseph Watson‏Verified account @PrisonPlanet 15h15 hours ago

    Church shooter Devin Kelley posted this on his Facebook page a week ago. No word yet as to motive.



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    Diana Zoga‏ @DianaNBC5 4m4 minutes ago

    Wilson Co Sheriff: as far as he knows there was no note left behind by the shooter. Was not previously known to law enforcement in town.
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    mkm thank you so much for all the info. Your posts have more info then anywhere I can find on the internet. Again motive is unclear. I believe there is a desperate need to find the motive so we can stop this from happening again. This is so incredibly sad and maddening. Half the church was murdered that day. the survivors will suffer from this forever.
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    Update: Dead range in age from 18 months to 77 years. Domestic situation with mother-in-law who was member of church. Bought guns in TX & CO
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    #UPDATE: Texas gunman had sent mother-in-law threatening text messages; likely killed himself after shooting.
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    NEW: of the 20 hurt in mass church shooting6 ppl stable, 4 in serious condition, 10 critical. #abc13
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    what's so weird is I was online yesterday until around 3pm, and didn't see this until this morning.

    absolutely horrifying.

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    Devin Kelley:Texas shooter killed his wife's grandma in church massacre

    Devin Kelley: Texas shooter killed his wife's grandma in church killed his wife's grandma in church
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    Devin Kelley: Texas shooter killed his wife's grandma in church massacre
    Lula White, grandmother of Devin Kelley's wife Danielle, was killed by Mr Kelley inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas: Facebook/Lula Woicinski White
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    Police have confirmed that Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 and injured 20 in the Texas church mass shooting, also killed his grandmother-in-law in the church.
    Lula Woicinski White, a 71-year-old member and volunteer at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was Mr Kelley's wife's grandmother.
    Mr Kelley's in-laws and second wife Danielle were also members of the church, but none were present during the day of the shooting according to police.
    He was in the US Air Force between 2010 and 2014 at the Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
    US Air Force Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Mr Kelley served 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial for abusing his wife and child. It resulted in a reduction in rank and eventual "bad conduct discharge," which can prevent a person from obtaining a permit to own a firearm.
    Authorities are still investigating exactly how Mr Kelley was able to purchase four firearms in consecutive years from 2014 to 2017, according to the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms law enforcement agency Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski.
    Mary Mishler Clyburn, Ms White's sister, told the New York Daily News that "the whole family is very devastated. This is not something we ever expected. It's just, I don't know how to put it into words. They're hurting a lot."
    Mr Kelley was, according to police, sending threatening texts to his mother-in-law, Ms White's daughter, Michelle Shields.
    The information led Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety to say that the massacre was "not racially motivated. It wasn't over religious beliefs" but a "domestic situation."
    There is reportedly video from inside the church of the service but police have not released details on the tape as yet.
    Police vehicles were spotted outside of Mr Kelley's listed address in New Braunfels, Texas residence, about 35 miles (56 km) away from Sutherland Springs.
    Those killed in the church ranged from 17 months of age to 77 years old.
    One of the victims was 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy, the daughter of the First Baptist Church's Pastor Frank Pomeroy and wife Sherry.
    The Pomeroys were actually out of town during the Sunday service which their daughter had attended with other relatives.
    Her father said Annabelle “was one very beautiful, special child" and Ms Pomeroy issued a statement in which she the congregation was more like a family than just those attending the same church, which made the losses even worse.
    Mr Kelley entered the church during a Sunday service, decked in black tactical gear m

    Police have confirmed that Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 and injured 20 in the Texas church mass shooting, also killed his grandmother-in-law in the church
    Lula Woicinski White, a 71-year-old member and volunteer at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was Mr Kelley's wife's grandmother.
    Mr Kelley's in-laws and second wife Danielle were also members of the church, but none were present during the day of the shooting according to police

    He was in the US Air Force between 2010 and 2014 at the Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
    US Air Force Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Mr Kelley served 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial for abusing his wife and child. It resulted in a reduction in rank and eventual "bad conduct discharge," which can prevent a person from obtaining a permit to own a firearm

    He was in the US Air Force between 2010 and 2014 at the Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
    US Air Force Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Mr Kelley served 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial for abusing his wife and child. It resulted in a reduction in rank and eventual "bad conduct discharge," which can prevent a person from obtaining a person


    Lula White, grandmother of Devin Kelley's wife Danielle, was killed by Mr Kelley inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas: Facebook/Lula Woicinski White
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    Police have confirmed that Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 26 and injured 20 in the Texas church mass shooting, also killed his grandmother-in-law in the church.
    Lula Woicinski White, a 71-year-old member and volunteer at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was Mr Kelley's wife's grandmother.
    Mr Kelley's in-laws and second wife Danielle were also members of the church, but none were present during the day of the shooting according to police.
    He was in the US Air Force between 2010 and 2014 at the Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
    US Air Force Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Mr Kelley served 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial for abusing his wife and child. It resulted in a reduction in rank and eventual "bad conduct discharge," which can prevent a person from obtaining a permit to own a firearm.
    Authorities are still investigating exactly how Mr Kelley was able to purchase four firearms in consecutive years from 2014 to 2017, according to the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms law enforcement agency Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski.
    Mary Mishler Clyburn, Ms White's sister, told the New York Daily News that "the whole family is very devastated. This is not something we ever expected. It's just, I don't know how to put it into words. They're hurting a lot."
    Mr Kelley was, according to police, sending threatening texts to his mother-in-law, Ms White's daughter, Michelle Shields.
    The information led Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety to say that the massacre was "not racially motivated. It wasn't over religious beliefs" but a "domestic situation."
    There is reportedly video from inside the church of the service but police have not released details on the tape as yet.
    Police vehicles were spotted outside of Mr Kelley's listed address in New Braunfels, Texas residence, about 35 miles (56 km) away from Sutherland Springs.
    Those killed in the church ranged from 17 months of age to 77 years old.

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    So this POS was having a feud with his inlaws so he decided to go to the church and kill everyone? Babies, toddlers, young children and adults, it didn't matter who. So angry and sad at the same time. Most of us have had a problem with our inlaws at one time or another but we don't solve it like this! This POS had always been a ticking time bomb.
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    Violence Followed Texas Church Gunman After High School

    Nov 6, 2017


    Wherever Devin Patrick Kelley went after graduating from high school, a trail of violence followed.

    In New Mexico, Kelley was kicked out of the Air Force following a court-martial two years after he enlisted for abusing his wife and reportedly hitting her child hard enough to fracture his skull. In Colorado, he was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after someone saw him punch a dog several times. And in Texas, sheriff's deputies were called to his parents' house after his girlfriend told a friend he was abusing her.

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    According to their investigation, Kelley entered the small church during worship services dressed in black tactical gear and carrying an assault rifle. He fired it as he walked down the center aisle, shooting people who had no way to escape.

    Investigators collected hundreds of shell casings from the church, along with 15 empty magazines that held 30 rounds each.

    Authorities have said the suspect's mother-in-law attended the church and she'd gotten threatening texts from him. Kelley's parents and other relatives did not return numerous messages from The Associated Press seeking comment. But according to military officials and authorities in three states, the 26-year-old Kelley had a history of threatening loved ones with violence.

    A native of the San Antonio suburb of New Braunfels, Kelley graduated from high school in 2009, according to a district spokeswoman. He enlisted in the Air Force the following year and was assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, with the responsibility of moving passengers, cargo and personal property in military transportation. He got married for the first time in 2011.

    But according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek, Kelley faced a court-martial in 2012 on allegations that he abused his wife and a child. According to court-martial documents the Air Force released Monday, Kelley was accused of choking his wife, pulling her hair and kicking her. He also hit the child on the head and body, according to the documents. The Air Force's former chief prosecutor, Don Christensen, told The New York Times that Kelley fractured the child's skull.

    Kelley was sentenced to 12 months of confinement and ultimately removed from the military with a bad-conduct discharge and a reduction of rank.

    The Air Force acknowledged Monday that it didn't enter Kelley's criminal history into the federal database used to conduct background checks on citizens looking to purchase a firearm. Authorities recovered a Ruger AR-556 rifle at the church and two handguns from Kelley's vehicle. They say all three were purchased by Kelley.

    His wife, Tessa Kelley, filed for divorce in 2012, the same year as the court-martial. In paperwork associated with the divorce, Tessa Kelley said she was working at Taco Bell for $7.50 an hour while Devin Kelley was in detention.

    The divorce was finalized in October 2012.

    Kelley's discharge was complete in 2014, Stefanek said. That February, sheriff's deputies arrived at his family's home in New Braunfels just after 10 p.m. one night to investigate a potential domestic violence case.

    Citing a sheriff's office report, Comal County spokesman Paul Anthony said a friend of Kelley's girlfriend told authorities she received a text message from the girlfriend that indicated "her boyfriend was abusing her." The report identifies the girlfriend as Danielle Shields and says Shields reported that "her arms were red." It includes no additional details about what caused them to be red.

    Shields said Kelley had "told her to pack a bag," according to the report.

    When sheriff's deputies arrived, people at the home said there was a "misunderstanding," according to the report. It doesn't make clear who spoke to deputies. No arrests were made.

    Kelley married Shields two months later.

    Kelley registered to vote in Colorado in 2014, with an address traced to a mobile home park in Colorado Springs, home to the U.S. Air Force Academy and other Air Force installations. But in August of that year, he was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty. One neighbor told a deputy that Kelley chased a dog, jumped on top of it and struck the dog with a closed fist several times, according to an incident report released Monday. Another neighbor says Kelley grabbed the young husky, threw it into the air, then onto the ground and dragged it to his camper.

    According to local court records, he was given a deferred probationary sentence and ordered to pay $368 in restitution. A protection order was issued against him in January 2015, The Denver Post reported.

    He apparently moved back to Texas and sought work as a security guard, obtaining a state private security license in June and getting a job at the Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels. But he was fired after less than six weeks, the water park said in a statement.

    He then was hired as a security guard at the Summit Vacation Resort, also in New Braunfels. A manager there, Claudia Varjabedian, told the AP that Kelley "seemed like a nice guy" and didn't cause her any problems.

    A motive for the mass shooting remains unclear, but Kelley appears to have targeted a church that was long attended by his wife's family.

    Leading up to the shooting, authorities say, Kelley had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said there was a domestic situation going on within the family.

    According to online records, Danielle Kelley's mother has an address in Sutherland Springs and a Facebook account linked to her lists several members of the church as friends, including the pastor's wife.


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    The two strangers who shot and chased after the Texas church shooter hugged each other during a vigil for the victims (��: AP)




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    Texas church shooting: Gunman escaped from mental health facility in 2012

    Nov 7, 2017


    The gunman who killed 26 people in a Texas church this weekend had escaped from a behavioral health center in New Mexico in 2012 and allegedly made threats against his U.S. Air Force commanders, records state.

    On June 13, 2012, El Paso police received a call telling them that Devin Kelley, 26, had escaped from the Peak Behavioral Health Services, 5045 McNutt Road in Santa Teresa, N.M., according to an El Paso Police Department incident investigation report. The caller stated Kelley suffered from mental illness and was a danger to himself.

    The caller told police that Kelley was at the Greyhound Bus Station at 200 W. San Antonio Ave. in Downtown El Paso, the report states.

    Kelley had allegedly been caught trying to sneak firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, according to the report.

    Kelley was also allegedly attempting to “carry out death threats” that he had made against his “military chain of command,” the report states.

    Kelley worked as a logistics readiness specialist at Holloman Air Force Base from 2010 until his discharge in 2014, when he was convicted on domestic violence charges.

    The report states that Kelley came to the El Paso bus station with the intent to take a bus out of state.

    Kelley did not resist orders from El Paso police officers nor did he make any comments about harming himself or others, the report states.

    The report states that officers submitted it for “informational purposes,” and Kelley’s information was never entered into the department’s missing or endangered person’s database.

    El Paso police then turned Kelley over to Sunland Park Police Department officers since the behavioral center was in their jurisdiction, the report states.

    Sunland Park Police Department Lt. Eric Lopez on Tuesday told the El Paso Times that the department is currently searching for any documents related to Kelley. He added that the department changed its electronic filing system recently and that officials are searching through the old database.

    Lopez said there is no guarantee that any reports about the incident were filed with the Sunland Park Police Department since Kelley reportedly did not commit any crimes while he was out of the behavioral center.

    Peak Behavioral Health Services is a psychiatric residential treatment facility which specializes in treating patients suffering from mental health and chemical dependency needs, according to its website.

    Kelley’s detainment by El Paso police came months after he allegedly assaulted his wife and a 2-year-old boy who Air Force officials identified as his stepson.

    Kelley allegedly choked the woman, pulled her hair and kicked her during separate incidents from June 24, 2011, to April 27, 2012, according to court documents.

    During this same time period, he also allegedly hit the boy on the head and body “with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm,” documents state.

    Kelley was accused of striking the boy on the head so hard it fractured his skull, documents state.

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    Texas church, site of deadly massacre, to be demolished

    The pastor of the Texas church where a gunman killed 25 people says he plans on demolishing the building, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention said Thursday.

    Frank Pomeroy told convention leaders that conducting services at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs would be too painful following Sunday's massacre, convention spokesman Roger Oldham told USA TODAY.

    "The pastor expressed his desire that perhaps the best way forward is to have the church demolished and replaced with a prayer garden," Oldham said. "But the church hasn't really had a chance to fully deal with the grief and then come together to make a decision."

    Oldham said First Baptist had about 100 members before Devin Kelley's rampage that wounded an additional 20 people in the small, white clapboard church. Pomeroy hopes to build another church on the property, Oldham said.

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    Texas church members gather for 1st time since attack
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    Hundreds of people will gather in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday to worship with surviving members of a local church where a shooting rampage left more than two dozen people dead.
    Members of the First Baptist Church will hold a church service for the first time since a gunman opened fire inside the small church a week earlier in the worst mass shooting in Texas history.
    Initial plans called for gathering at a community center could house a few dozen people. But when organizers realized about 500 people were planning to attend, the service was moved outside to a baseball park.

    Church representatives also plan to eventually open a public memorial inside the church, where 26 empty chairs have been placed. Authorities have put the official death toll at 26 victims because one of the 25 people killed was pregnant. Church officials have said the building will likely be demolished.
    On Saturday, about 100 people gathered outside the town's community center to commemorate Veterans Day and to honor the shooting victims, nearly half of whom had ties to the Air Force.
    "Maybe this will start the healing process that will get Sutherland Springs and Wilson County to put this horrific tragedy behind us and look to the future," county Judge Richard Jackson, his voice breaking, told the crowd, which included first responders and law enforcement officers.

    Jackson, the county's top administrator, thanked the first responders and others who rushed to First Baptist Church in the aftermath of last Sunday's shooting, which also wounded about 20 people. What they saw there will affect them the rest of their lives, Jackson said.
    The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being shot and chased by two men who heard gunfire from the church. Investigators have said the attack appeared to stem from a domestic dispute involving Kelley and his mother-in-law, who sometimes attended services at the church but wasn't there the day of the shooting.

    Kelley had a history of domestic violence: He was given a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force after pleading guilty to assaulting his first wife and stepson.
    Sutherland Springs is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio and not far from several military posts, including Lackland Air Force Base. The Air Force's chief of staff, Gen. David Goldfein, said 12 of those killed were either members of the Air Force or had family ties to it.

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