Who Is Devin Patrick Kelley? Former Air Force Member Kills Dozens in Texas Baptist Church Shooting

A 26-year-old man from Texas has been named as the gunman in the largest church shooting in U.S. history. Devin Patrick Kelley allegedly killed at least 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs just days he posted a picture of an assault rifle to Facebook with the caption: “She's a bad bitch.”

Kelley lived in New Braunfels, outside San Antonio. Police reportedly entered his home Sunday night hours after the shooting. It was not immediately clear what they found.

A LinkedIn account under his name described him as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 2009 until 2013. He also taught at a Bible school after graduating from high school in 2009, The Daily Beast reported.

Kelley killed several people outside the church and nearly two dozen inside just before service was supposed to start Sunday morning. Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said during a press conference that the victims ranged from 5 to 72 years of age. At least 10 other people suffered injuries. 

Kelley was wearing all black and wearing a tactical vest when he approached the church. He was later stopped by a local citizen who pulled out his own weapon and chased him to his car. Kelley was later found dead in the vehicle. 

Kelley had no known links to organized terrorist groups. It was unclear whether Kelley was killed by a self-inflicted wound or by police or someone else, Martin said. “At this time, we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted wound or if he was shot by our local resident,” he said.

Kelley's motive was not immediately known. 

Sutherland Springs has about 700 residents. The First Baptist Church, while small, posted regularly on YouTube, including a recent message that stated, “You don’t need training wheels, you need Christ!”

The wife of the church's pastor said the couple's 14-year-old daughter was among those killed. Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, told the Associated Press in a text message that she lost her daughter "and many friends" in the attack. She told ABC News Annabelle Renee Pomeroy was “one very beautiful, special child."

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act." Abbott tweeted Sunday: "Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act." Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that his office "stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed."

U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said a pregnant woman and children were among the dead. “He went there, he walked in, started shooting people and then took off” Cuellar's spokesman, Rafael Benavides, said.

President Donald Trump, who is in the middle of an 11-day trip to Asia, sent a message to the victims on Twitter. “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas," he tweeted. “The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

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