A church service of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, changed into a tragedy on Sunday, Nov. 5. A gunman, who was later identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, fired his gun at parishioners and killed 26 people. There are so many intriguing questions about this Texas church shooting gunman regarding his identity and background. Who and what is he? Does he have a military background? Does he have any connection with a global terrorist network?
In regard to his military background, the police have obtained information regarding Devin Patrick Kelley's military service. According to Fox News, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He served for four years from 2010 to 2014 in the logistic readiness unit.
The chief of Air Force media operations, Ann Stefanek also released an official statement regarding Devin Patrick Kelley and his service history. In the statement, the U.S. Air Force stated that he was a problematic serviceman.
Within two years after he entered the service, in 2012, Devin Patrick Kelley was court-martialed and charged with two counts of assault on his wife and children. He was later confined for 12 months and got a demotion. Later on, the Air Force discharged him for a bad conduct.
In his latest employment history, Devin Patrick Kelley was registered as a security guard in a Texas waterpark last summer. He resided in New Braunfels, Texas, around 35 miles from Sutherland Springs.
Devin Patrick Kelley was born on Feb. 21, 1991, and he was still married to Danielle Lee Shields. His mother-in-law is registered as a resident of Sutherland Springs. However, police investigators are still searching to find his motive for the massacre, as they did not find his connection to a global terrorist network. The investigation will dig deeper into his social media activities to find out about his real motives.
After firing his Ruger AR assault rifle at people inside the church, Devin Patrick Kelley took off. His shooting spree killed 26 people and injured 20. He was later found dead after he crashed his car at the Wilson-Guadalupe county line.
It is still unclear about his motive to conduct the deadliest mass shooting at a church in history. Police and law enforcement officials are still investigating Devin Patrick Kelley and his background.
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