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  • 04.06.2020
Texas shooter faced court martial

Texas shooter faced court martial

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The man authorities have identified as the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church was discharged from the Air Force for allegedly assaulting his spouse and child, according to an Air Force spokeswoman.
The spokeswoman, Ann Stefanek, says Devin Kelley served 12 months' confinement after a 2012 court-martial. He ultimately received a bad conduct discharge and reduction in rank.
She said Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge in 2014. His job was responsible for moving passengers, cargo and personal property in military transportation.
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Authorities did not announce his name at a news conference on the shooting, saying only that the suspect was a white male in his 20s.
But a US official and a law enforcement official identified Kelley as the person who opened fire Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others.
The official told The Associated Press that Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and that he doesn't appear to be linked to organised terrorist groups.
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The official said investigators are looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday's attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 style semi-automatic weapon.
An address listed in online records as belonging to Kelley is located in New Braunfels, Texas, just outside San Antonio and about 56 kilometres from Sutherland Springs.
Local records of an August traffic ticket issued in New Braunfels, Texas, for an expired registration and not having car insurance give a birthdate that would make him 26 years old.
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Neighbours said that they heard intense gunfire coming from the direction of the address listed for Kelley in recent days.
"It's really loud. At first I thought someone was blasting," said Ryan Albers, 16, who lives across the road. "It had to be coming from somewhere pretty close. It was definitely not just a shotgun or someone hunting. It was someone using automatic weapon fire."
According to Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin, the gunman arrived at a Valero gas station near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs at around 11.20 am on Sunday. He was dressed in black, wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest.
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He crossed the street to the church, left his vehicle and started firing a Ruger AR assault-type rifle at the church. Then he entered the church and fired.
As he left the church, the shooter met an armed, unidentified local resident who pursued him. The suspect was found dead in his car near the border between Wilson and Guadalupe counties.
Martin says it's unclear if he died of a self-inflected wound or was shot by the resident.
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