• 14:09
  • 22.09.2020
Texas gunman escaped mental facility
the big reads

Texas gunman escaped mental facility

read more
The man who carried out the Texas church mass shooting escaped from a mental health facility in 2012, the same year he was convicted by a US Air Force court-martial of domestic abuse.
Devin Kelley, who massacred 26 people at a church in rural southeastern Texas on Sunday, was convicted of assaulting his first wife and stepson while serving in the US Air Force.
That same year he briefly escaped from a mental health facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to an El Paso, Texas, police report.
Filipinos may face Kuwait work ban
The person who reported Kelley's escape warned police that he could be a danger to himself and others and had been caught sneaking weapons into Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where he had been stationed.
He had attempted to "carry out death threats that (Kelley) had made on his military chain of command", the report stated.
Police found Kelley in El Paso and turned him over to New Mexico police.
Mona Lisa, undressed
The attack at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs ranks as the fifth deadliest by a single gunman in US history.
The dead ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years, and include the unborn child of a pregnant woman who was killed. Twenty others were wounded, with 10 still in critical condition.
Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his getaway vehicle, where authorities found two handguns.
"Japanese Schindler" honoured in Lithuania
Kelley was also wounded by a resident of the town of about 400 people who heard the gunshot, grabbed his rifle and raced to the church, shooting the 26-year-old twice as he fled.
Kelley was involved in a domestic dispute with the parents of his second wife, whom he married in 2014, and had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the shooting.
The Air Force said it had failed to transmit information about Kelley's conviction into the National Criminal Information Center system, a federal database used by gun dealers to check prospective buyers for criminal backgrounds.
Train brake was 'automatically activated'
Firearms experts said the case involving Kelley, who spent a year in military detention before his bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2014, has exposed a previously unnoticed weak link in the system of background checks.
US President Donald Trump told reporters he believed stricter reviews of gun purchases would not have stopped Sunday's massacre.
"There would have been no difference," Trump said during a visit to South Korea.
Chinese 'rainbow dinosaur' discovered
He added that stricter gun laws might have prevented the man who shot Kelley from acting as he did.
"You would have had hundreds more dead."
read more