Devin Patrick Kelley: What we know about the Texas church shooting suspect
The suspect who opened fire inside a South Texas church has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, law enforcement sources tell CBS News. He has a residence in New Braunfels, Texas, which is about a 35 mile drive from where the attack took place in Sutherland Springs.
The shooting left at least 26 people dead and 20 others injured in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described as the worst mass shooting in his state’s history.
On Sunday night, authorities only identified the suspect as a young white male. They said he was dressed in all black and tactical gear when he opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
After a car chase with police, the suspect was shot and declared dead. It’s unclear if the suspect shot himself or if he was killed by police.
Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in May 2014, CBS News has learned.
Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told The Associated Press that records show Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. The circumstances under which he left the service were not immediately available.
The Pentagon told the AP that Kelley was an airman “at one point,” but did not provide additional details.
Devin Patrick Kelley
Officials say the suspect lived in a San Antonio suburb and doesn’t appear to be linked to any organized terrorist groups. CBS News has learned Kelley has a wife named Danielle Lee Shields.
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. Kelley’s date of birth is listed as Feb. 21, 1991.
No motive has been declared as the investigation continues.