Officials say 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas with an assault riffle and opened fire on the congregation during its worship service on November 5.
Before he fled the building, at least 26 people were killed and 20 or more were wounded. Witness accounts claim that Kelley was shot by a civilian before engaging in a high-speed chase and apparently shooting himself.
Among the deceased, whose names have not been released, is the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter. Sherri Pomeroy, the girl’s mother confirmed the news to media outlets. The church’s pastor and his wife were out of state when the shooting occurred.
Reportedly, the shooter’s in-laws attended the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, but they were not present at the time of the shooting. The in-laws, according to witnesses, came to the scene after learning of the massacre.
“We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.
The visiting pastor was killed during the shooting.
Also included in those who died, are 8 members of one family. A pregnant woman and three of her children were killed. The woman’s brother-in-law and his young child were also killed.
Records indicate that at an unreleased date Devin Patrick Kelley was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force with a bad conduct discharge. He was court-martialed in 2012 on two counts of Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, assault on his spouse and assault on their child.