Sutherland Springs: Who is the suspected gunman who attacked a church in Texas?

Sutherland Springs: Who is the suspected gunman who attacked a church in Texas?

A shooting took place at a church yesterday (November 5)

Monday, November 6, 2017

A horrific attack took place at a church in America yesterday (November 6).

A gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs in Texas yesterday (November 5) killing at least 26 people. It is thought the victims were aged between five and 72. Twenty other people were injured in the attack at the First Baptist Church as a service was taking place.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt has now told CBS News the gunman in the Texas church shooting died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He also revealed that there was gunfire between both the gunman and two armed citizens as the vehicle was chased following the church attack. However he said "at this time we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, after [his vehicle] wrecked out." The car also reportedly had many weapons inside.

Tackitt added that it is thought the man's relatives by marriage sometimes attended the church, however were not there at the time of the shooting.

US media has claimed that the suspect was Devin Kelley, however authorities have not officially announced who the gunman was, only describing him as a white male in his 20s.

The New York Times claims Kelley grew up in New Braunfels with his parents in a house worth almost $1 million. Those who knew him at school have described him as "creepy" and "weird," according to The Sun, and one wrote on Facebook that he often ranted about being an atheist.

An official from the US has said that now Kelley was living in San Antonio and investigators are looking at recent social media posts made by the man. It is claimed one looked as if he had an AR-15 style semi-automatic weapon. Along with the photo he reportedly captioned it "she’s a bad b***h."

Two sheriffs' vans have been seen outside a home which is reportedly where Kelley lived, and neighbours have claimed that they have heard gunfire coming from the property recently.

An official told CNN that Kelley bought a Ruger AR-556 rifle last year in San Antonio. The official also claimed he completed a background check at an Academy Sports and Outdoors shop which included ticking a box to day he did not have criminal history which would mean he could not own a gun.

An Air Force spokeswoman said that Kelley was formerly in the Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico however was discharged due to allegations that he assaulted his partner and a child. She also claimed that he served 12 months' confinement following a court-martial in 2012.

It is thought that he divorced in 2012, but remarried two years later.