(CBS News) The suspect whohas been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, officials say.
Authorities on Sunday only identified the suspect as a young white male. They said he was dressed in all black and tactical gear when he opened fire with an assault rifle at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described as the worst mass shooting in his state’s history.
As the gunman left the church, an unidentified area resident confronted him with his own rifle and shot the suspect, officials said. Kelley fled in his vehicle, and the resident flagged down a driver and they pursued him.until he crashed his car.
When police arrived, the shooter was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor in an interview Monday morning. Officials said Monday Kelley called his father before killing himself and told him he had been shot didn’t think he was going to make it.
“Domestic situation” before shooting
Officials Monday wouldn’t describe a motive but said there had been a “domestic situation” between the shooter and his mother-in-law before the massacre in which the suspect had sent the woman threatening texts.
“We know that he expressed anger towards his mother-in-law who was in this church,” Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin said.
Martin wouldn’t detail the texts but said the shooting wasn’t related to race or religion. Officials have previously said Kelley had no apparent links to terrorist groups.
Kelley has a residence in New Braunfels, Texas, which is about a 35 mile drive from where the attack took place in Sutherland Springs. CBS affiliate KENSreports he graduated in 2009 from New Braunfels High School. Public records cited by the San Antonio Express-News show Kelley, then 20, married in 2011 and was divorced the next year.
In 2014, Kelley, then 23, married again, the paper reports. The sheriff confirmed that Kelley’s former in-laws and ex-wife attended the First Baptist Church from time to time, although they were not present during the attack.
A law enforcement source told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that Kelley did some work as a bible teacher, but it’s not known what church he worked at or whether he worked at the Sutherland Springs church.
Investigators will look at his social media posts made in the days prior to Sunday’s attack — including one that appeared to display an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.
Officials say Kelley did not have a license to carry firearms. He purchased four weapons in total, in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 –two were bought in Colorado, and two in Texas, ATF officials said. Three weapons were recovered at the scene — a Ruger AR-556 rifle found at the church, and two handguns, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger 22, found in his car, according to Fred Milanowski, special agent in charge of the ATF Houston.
A law enforcement source tells CBS News Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues that Kelley purchased the Ruger AR-556 from an Academy Sports and Outdoors location in San Antonio in April 2016, and one of the handguns, the Glock 9mm, at Specialty Sports in Colorado Springs in December 2014. Academy Sports confirmed in a statement to CBS News that Kelley also purchased another firearm from the store in 2017.
“We also confirmed that both sales were approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). We are cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate further,” the store said.
Martin said Kelley was seen before the shooting at a Valero gas station across the street from the church, and was “obviously suspicious to others” because he was wearing a black mask with a skull on it. He was wearing all black and a ballistic vest with a plate on the front, Martin said.
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