A man wearing a flap-jacket and black tactical gear walked in a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small community of 400 near San Antonio, and murdered 26 people with a high powered rifle on Sunday including infants, injuring 20 others.
From Fox News:
Multiple sources speaking to Fox News identified the gunman as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. The mass shooting unfolded around 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, which is about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Investigators said at a news conference Sunday evening that the victims ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. One official said about 20 people were hospitalized with injuries ranging from minor to “very severe.”
Sunday’s massacre is the deadliest church shooting in modern U.S. history. It is also, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
A possible motive was unclear. Kelley lived in a suburb of San Antonio and didn’t appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The official said investigators were looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday’s attack, including one that appeared to show a semiautomatic weapon.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Air Force confirmed to Fox News that Kelley served in the military branch at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
Kelly was chased down by two certified heroes in a truck whom engaged the shooter and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
“Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said at a news conference Monday that the armed resident riding with Langendorff was toting an “AR assault rifle and engaged” the shooter.
Langendorff said Kelley eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed, prompting the armed resident to cautiously approach the vehicle with his gun drawn. But Kelley didn’t move.
Police arrived about five minutes later, said Langendorff, who did not know if the resident had wounded Kelley during their earlier gunfire exchange. Authorities have not said how Kelley died.
“There was no thinking about it,” Langendorff said. “There was just doing. That was the key to all this. Act now. Ask questions later.””
Not knowing if Kelly was en route to kill even more innocent people, these two Texans are absolutely heroes.
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With the tragic loss of life involving a firearm, the Left wasted no time in ramping up full blown gun control fervor and attacking the National Rifle Association, blind to that fact that lives were likely saved due to the courage of two law abiding gun owners carrying a weapon.
In fact, Devin Kelly was legally barred from purchasing guns, having multiple red flags that trigger such bans, yet he still found a way to commit this evil act. It perfectly demonstrates how many gun law proposals merely infringe on law abiding citizens’ rights while criminals simply ignore and work around the law.
Kelly was a deranged and evil person with a long rap sheet, and more is sure to emerge about his motivations such a horrible act.