3 people killed, including gunman, in shooting at North Texas church
26-year-old Devin Kelly shot and killed 26 people in a Baptist church
Texas authorities continue to try to find out the motives of 26-year-old Devin Kelly, who staged a mass shooting at a Baptist church, which killed 26 people and injured 20 more..
According to media reports, among those who shot Kelly was his mother-in-law’s mother..
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told CBS News: «Obviously, this person had a tendency to violence, mental problems. It was a barrel of gunpowder, ready to explode at any moment.».
Abbott added that, apparently, Kelly had some kind of connection with the church, where his father-in-law and mother-in-law went from time to time. However, on Sunday, when Kelly opened fire on the parishioners, they were not in the church.. «The bottom line is that it wasn’t just random shooting.», – he explained.
According to the Pentagon, Kelly served in the Air Force from 2010 to 2014, but was tried by a military tribunal in 2012 on charges of beating his wife and child..
Former US Air Force attorney told American media that Kelly broke the skull of his adopted son.
Kelly was sentenced to 12 months in prison and fired from the military in 2014, deprived of the required benefits and pension.
And two years after being fired, he was fined for cruelty to animals after beating his dog with his fists..
The United States Air Force leadership, in turn, acknowledged that after the domestic violence charge, Kelly’s name was not added to the official database of licensed arms dealers..
Information about the presence or absence of a criminal record for domestic violence is required for the sale of firearms.
Federal law prohibits selling weapons to people convicted of violence against spouses or children..
Kelly successfully passed background checks when purchasing weapons from them in 2016 and 2017, according to Academy Sports + Outdoors..
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tacitt said in an interview with CNN that he has no regrets that Kelly was not taken alive: «People who have been there do not want such a person to live».
American politicians react to Texas shooting
US President Donald Trump, who is touring Asia, said the Texas shooting was due to «not a firearm situation», and «a serious mental health problem». He named the attack «a very sad event», and the arrow – «a mentally ill person».
«It is impossible to express in words the pain and sadness that we all feel, and it is impossible to imagine what suffering those who have lost their loved ones are going through. Our hearts are broken», – said the president.
Representatives of the FBI and the Office for the Control of the Trafficking of Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco Products, Firearms and Explosive Materials went to the scene to assist local law enforcement in the investigation..
Sheriff Tacitt said many weapons were found in the suspect’s car.
Church school head Mary Ann Montgomery says some parishioners knew Kelly.
Sheriff Tacitt said the church was filming the services for posting on YouTube, but the attack was barely in the picture. The FBI believes that Kelly acted alone.