Tragedy strikes the U.S. again! On Sunday, at least 26 people were shot to death in First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The suspect has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley. If you want to know more about Devin Kelley, the Texas church shooting suspect, then take a look at Devin Patrick Kelley’s wiki below.
The world was just coming to terms with the Las Vegas shooting and the recent New York terror attack when another violent tragedy struck the United States. According to the latest reports, Devin Kelley’s alleged victims include 26 people who were shot and killed and around 20 others who were injured. The age group of the victims ranges from five to 72 years old. Among the people who died in the church is Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, the 14-year-old daughter of the First Baptist Church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy.
As of now, despite the many rumors and theories, the motives behind the shooting have not been confirmed. It’s thought there may be a domestic issue at the root of it. Also, the authorities are still trying to determine if the alleged shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was associated with any illegal activities or terror groups. There is no evidence of that at the moment.
The authorities know that the suspect, now identified as Devin Kelley, arrived at the church, began shooting outside, then moved inside and continued firing. When he left the church to possibly reload, a resident who lived across the street and witnessed the incident from outside the church, began firing at the suspect, who dropped his rifle and fled.
There was a pursuit, involving the resident and a passerby, which ended in a crash just over the county line and possibly in Kelley shooting himself. Those details have yet to be confirmed. According to the press conference, the suspect was “dressed in…all black, tactical type gear and was wearing a ballistic vest.” Kelley was said to be carrying a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and two handguns were discovered in his vehicle. His home is being searched for more evidence.
After the terrible shooting, which the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, is calling the largest mass shooting in the history of the State of Texas, a lot of people want to know about Devin Patrick Kelley. We have all the info about the suspect right here.
Devin Patrick Kelley’s Wiki
Devin Kelley’s age was only 26 years old when he allegedly decided to shoot more than 40 people, killing many of them. It’s reported that Kelley originally hailed from Comal County, but was a resident of New Braunfels, which is a suburb of San Antonio, at the time of the shooting. New Braunfels is 35 miles from Sutherland Springs.
Reportedly, Kelley attended New Braunfels High School from 2003 to 2009.
Devin Patrick Kelley’s Job
Kelley went into the U.S. Air Force right after he completed high school. As of 2010, he was based at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico, serving in logistics readiness.
However, in 2012, he was court-martialed based on the charges of assaulting his wife and child. Following this, he was sentenced to a year’s confinement, given a reduction in rank, and also received a dishonorable discharge in 2014. There are varying accounts of whether he was in confinement.
In 2017, Kelley was registered and hired as a non-commissioned security officer at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels. According to CNN, he was terminated from that position after five and a half weeks.
Devin Patrick Kelley’s Deleted Facebook Account and Prior Crimes
Apparently, Kelley’s Facebook account has been deactivated now. However, reports claim that he followed a lot of atheism pages on Facebook and even posted a photo of a gun. He was a former bible studies teacher, but his Facebook account depicted a different story.
Some classmates from high school reportedly described him as creepy. One of his former classmates, Nina Rose Nava, took to social media and posted, “in complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my fb cause I couldn’t stand his post. He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism. Smh.” [sic] This post appears to have been since deleted or made private.
Police have stated that Kelley had a clean criminal record with just petty traffic offenses in recent years. There are no reports confirming that Devin Kelley was associated with Antifa, as has been circulating in the rumor mills.
Officials have reported that Devin Kelley was not licensed to carry a concealed handgun. But he did have a ““noncommissioned, unarmed private security license.”
Devin Kelley’s Wife & Kids
Devin Kelley married Tessa K. Kelley in April 2011, with whom he had an infant stepson. After the assault case involving Tessa Kelley and her son, the couple was divorced in 2012.
On April 4, 2014, Kelley was married to Danielle Lee Shields in Comal County, Texas. He was 23 at the time and his bride was 19. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to a mobile park in Colorado.
However, they moved back to Texas in 2017 at which point they moved in with Kelley’s parents in New Braunfels. They reportedly had a child together, though details have yet to be confirmed. Shields once worked as a teacher at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
Kelley’s mother-in-law, Michelle Shields, was a member of the First Baptist Church congregation in Sutherland Springs, which has some speculating that there was a family-driven motive to the shootings. Indeed, at the press conference, spokesperson Freeman Martin confirmed that there was a domestic situation of some kind occurring within the family. It was not motivated by race or religion, according to Martin. According to an NBC News report, Devin Kelley had threatened his mother-in-law.
Kelley’s neighbor in New Braunfels, Mark Moravitz, claimed that recently he’d often heard gunshots coming from near the home in the evening.
The same NBC report mentioned above cited two ex-girlfriends of Kelley, alleging that he stalked and even assaulted one of them. “…he was very sick in the head,” Kelley’s ex-girlfriend Katy Landry told NBC.
Another former girlfriend, Brittany Adcock, told NBC: “”He would offer me money to hang out with him quite a bit… One time he told me I should move in with him and his wife and that he would take care of me as long as I walked around topless. Not long after, his wife messaged me and asked why I’m talking to her husband and I told her what he was saying and sent her screenshots and she then apologized and then I was blocked from speaking to her.”
According to MailOnline, Kelley and wife Danielle Shields were estranged at the time of the shooting.
The information in this case is developing, so please check back for updates to Devin Patrick Kelley’s wiki.
Mass Shooting Fallout
As mentioned, following the mass shooting, Kelley was confronted outside the church by an armed neighbor. Kelley dropped his rifle and fled in his vehicle. The neighbor and a passerby chased him into the next county, where it has been reported that Kelley crashed his car. Kelley was found dead in his car.
The investigation is still going on to determine whether Kelley killed himself or succumbed to an injury from the accident or from shots fired by the church’s neighbor, who many are now calling a hero.
A lot of people lost their lives and many lost their family members. It is a terrible and painful moment for those who lost their loved ones, but also for the country as a whole. President Donald Trump took to Twitter and condemned the attack and First Lady Melania Trump expressed her sadness over the shooting.