According to CBS News, as reported by BNO News on Twitter, some of the victims in the Texas church mass shooting include members of one family and the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter:
– Emily, 7; killed
– Annabelle, 14; killed, the daughter of the pastor
– Rylan, 5; shot 4 times, injured
– Brooke, 5; unaccounted-for
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 6, 2017
Huffington Post reports, several of the victims were members of a single family. Michael Ward told HuffPost that many of his family members were in attendance at the church when the tragedy took place. Ward said his young niece Emily was fatally shot. Emily’s five-year-old brother Rylan was shot four times and her sister Brooke was injured as well. The siblings’ mother, Joanna, was also shot.
Nick Wagner, a photographer with the Austin American-Statesman who was on the scene shortly after the attack, reported that the father of Rebecca Metcalf was killed in the shooting.
Here are more of the latest details regarding the shooting and shooter, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley as reported by Israel News.
The gunman who opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of neighboring Comal County, NBC News reported.
Kelley was discharged from the Air Force in 2014, according to Defense Department records. He was court-martialed in November 2012 and a judge sentenced him to a bad-conduct discharge, 12 months confinement, and two reductions in rank to basic airman, reported The Daily Beast.
Kelley was reportedly dressed in black tactical gear and wearing a ballistic vest during the shooting. He used a Ruger AR assault-type rifle to carry out the attack.
There was no immediate information regarding the reason behind the shooting, but federal officials said that while Kelley’s motivation was unclear, there were no obvious signs of a connection to terrorism.
Meanwhile, officials said the death toll in the shooting stands at 26.
Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Robert Murphy said earlier that the gunman had fled the scene of the attack and was pursued by law enforcement officials into Guadalupe County, where he was later killed by a gunshot wound.
Police have yet to declare whether the shot which killed the gunman was self-inflicted or was as a result of a shootout with officers.
Twitter users and users on other social media sites have been digging deeper into who Devin Kelley was and what could have motivated this senseless attack. While some of the reports are unconfirmed and preliminary, here are some of the findings being discovered:
An earlier video from Washington Post:
The Daily Mail shares this comprehensive story describing how Devin Kelley was considered a “creepy, crazy and weird” outcast in high school, who recently showed off his rifle on Facebook.
The Texas church shooter who mercilessly shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others was an ‘outcast’ who ‘preached his atheism’ online.
Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and ‘weird’.
Patrick Boyce, who attended New Braunfels High School with the killer, told DailyMail.com: ‘He had a kid or two, fairly normal, but kinda quiet and lately seemed depressed.
‘He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why.
‘I was just shocked [to hear the news]. Still haven’t quite processed how he could have done that.’
Nina Rose Nava, who went to school with the gunman, wrote on Facebook: ‘In (sic) 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’
Christopher Leo Longoria replied: ‘I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super nagtive (sic) all the timd (sic).’
Kelley, (pictured in a yearbook photo, left, and recently, right) 26, of New Braunfels, shot dead 26 people and injured 24 others
Devin Patrick Kelley is pictured here in a New Braunfels High School 2009 yearbook photo
Michael Goff added: ‘He was weird but never that damn weird, always posting his atheist sh** like Nina wrote, but damn he always posted pics of him and his baby – crazy.’
Nava added to DailyMail.com: ‘I went to school with him. We had a few conversations here and there. It’s not something I expected from him.
‘He was an outcast but not a loner. He was popular among other outcasts. I haven’t spoken to him since high school.’
Another former classmate, who asked to remain anonymous, told DailyMail.com: ‘I grew up going to school with him… Always creeped me out and was different.’
She said she moved away from the area while she was in junior high and lost touch with a lot of people.
However, Kelley recently commented on one of her Facebook posts.
Kelley, who was married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b***h’
Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday
Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley as ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and ‘weird’
‘I said I just want to move back to Texas,’ she said. ‘And he said something along the lines of “Texas isn’t any better”. Pretty much said he didn’t like Texas.
‘I think he had one kid, she/he is still a baby. He was married but I don’t know to who. It’s crazy to think I grew up with him. Same town. Same school. Same classes.
‘He was different in school and creeped me out but never would I have thought he would do such a horrific thing.’
A former friend, who also asked not to be named, wrote on Facebook: ‘It’s scary to know this psychopath has been in my house. I can’t believe I was friends with this guy and I literally would stay the night at his place when we were kids.’
He added: ‘I ended up distancing myself from him in high school after he got in an argument with me in school and he tried punching me several times. Dude was crazy man.’
Cord Eubank Brown wrote on social media: ‘I cannot believe this. I went to high school with this maniac.
‘There were people I knew who stayed away from this guy for many reasons, which all make sense now. He just requested me on facebook recently.’
First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s (with his wife Sherri) 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, is among the dead
She ‘was one very beautiful, special child,’ the pastor said. His wife, Sherri Pomeroy, said her husband was out of town at the time of the shooting. Pictured: Annabelle
Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.
The attack only stopped when Kelley was tackled by a heroic local man who shot back at the mass shooter as he left the church.
Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but the unnamed neighbor, and another local man had given chase.
Eventually, Kelley lost control of his car and swerved off the road near county lines on the 539 county road, in Guadalupe County, and was reportedly shot dead by the neighbor.
He was found deceased by the cops who also discovered multiple weapons and possible explosives in his vehicle.
San Antonio police also raided Kelley’s home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.
The shooting took place at the church, which is located about 30 miles from San Antonio. Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people
Kelley, who was married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b***h.’
A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley’s states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009.
An Air Force official said the gunman was court-martialed in 2012 and discharged two years later.
Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child. He received a bad conduct discharge, 12 months’ confinement and a reduction in rank.
Stefanek also said Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.
Kelley volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child.
First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy told ABC that his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Pomeroy, is among the 26 dead. She ‘was one very beautiful, special child,’ the pastor said. His wife, Sherri Pomeroy, said her husband was out of town at the time of the shooting.
San Antonio news station KSAT reports these updates:
A community member returned fire
Summer Caddell told KSAT 12’s Garrett Brnger her boyfriend Johnnie Langendorff helped chase down the shooter. Langendorff told his girlfriend he saw Kelley running from the church as a neighbor returned fire. He said Kelley got into an SUV and sped away. Read that report HERE.
ATF and FBI have joined the investigation into the shooting
Several law enforcement agencies have responded to the mass shooting including the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, ATF and Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office. Councilman Rey Saldana said the “San Antonio Fire Department assets and units have been deployed to Sutherland.”
Sutherland Springs’ last known population was under 500 people
According to the Handbook of Texas, Sutherland Springs had a population of 362 in 2000.
This is the deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history
The second deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history occurred on Oct. 16, 1991. The gunman, George Hennard, drove through a Luby’s in Killeen and opened fire on Luby’s customers killing 24 people.
While many on social media and elsewhere are trying to determine the reason for this tragedy, there are several reports that despite claims Devin was a Sunday school teacher, some say he was a Muslim convert or an atheist and a member of the far-left movement Antifa, also known as anti-fascist. None of this has been confirmed by police or local or federal officials yet, but here is an interesting video that lays out the reasons many believe he was a far-left Antifa member.
Hopefully, if a video of the service is available, police will be able to determine a motive or they will find more information in his belongings or from friends and family as to why Devin Kelley decided to kill so many innocent victims. But, like the mass shooting in Las Vegas last month, we may never know why it happened. In the meantime, pray for the victims and their loved ones and hug your family tonight and every day.
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