Antifa Attack America 26 Dead in Sutherland Springs, Texas
A man identified in some media reports as Devin Patrick Kelley has gunned down 26 people and injured at least 20 more in an attack on Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, before he was found dead in his car. Here is what we know about the alleged attacker.
Speculation has been rife in the media about the identity of the man behind “the largest mass shooting” in Texas’s history, as described by Governor Greg Abbot. While the police have yet to officially identify the perpetrator, some US media have already come up with the name of Devin Kelley, citing law enforcement sources close to the investigation.
Kelley is said to be 26 years old and a resident of New Braunfels, a city near San Antonio, located some 30 miles from the site of the attack. As it appears from his Facebook account, since taken down, he was a fan of guns, with his cover photo showing an assault rifle. Purported screenshots of his FB page, whose authenticity cannot be immediately confirmed, appear to feature an Antifascist Action banner, which sparked speculation online about his ties to the left-wing scene.
The assailant first opened fire outside the church before proceeding on a shooting spree inside, DPS Regional Director Freeman Martin said at a news briefing. The suspect was engaged in a firefight by an armed local resident as he exited the building, forcing him to drop his automatic rifle and attempt to flee. As he escaped the scene in a vehicle, the resident proceeded to chase him.
The attacker was found dead in his car as it crashed down the road, Martin added, noting that it was not clear whether his death was self-inflicted or he was killed by the local resident. “Multiple weapons” were found in the gunman’s car, the police said after inspecting it.
Sutherland Springs shooter identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26 from Comal County Texas (New Braunfels) pic.twitter.com/Kqd5AbAY1r
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The suspect’s name has not been officially released yet. He is being described as a white man in his mid-20s. He was wearing all-black tactical gear and a ballistic vest at the time of the attack.
Unnamed sources within the investigation, cited by various US media, identified the shooter as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26. Kelley was said to be a resident of New Braunfels, a city near San Antonio. Police have reportedly already raided his home. It appears from Kelley’s purported profile on LinkedIn that he served in the US Air Force until 2013 and briefly taught at a summer religious school.
The victims’ names have not been released either, with Audrey Louis, Wilson County District Attorney, saying that officials want to first notify the families before telling the media the identities of those killed and injured.
Some 20 people, of ages 5 to 72, were taken to hospitals with their injuries ranging from “minor to severe,” Martin said. The motive of the shooter is so far unclear.
Local pastor Frank Pomeroy’s daughter, Annabel, was killed in the shooting, her father confirmed to ABC News. Annabel, 14, “was one very beautiful, special child,” said the pastor, who was on his way from Oklahoma to Sutherland Springs when the tragedy unfolded.
An eyewitness told CBS News that there was a heavy police presence on the road to the church, adding that they had seen people being airlifted from the area.
Abbott called the attack “the largest mass shooting in our state’s history.” Extending his condolences to the relatives of the victims, he added that the “tragedy of course is worsened by the fact that it occurred in a church.”
“We join hands and lock arms, and through the tears and through the sadness we stand strong, oh so strong,” US President Donald Trump said in his remarks from Japan, vowing to provide “full support to the great state of Texas and all local authorities investigating this horrible crime.”