Suspect in Texas church shooting identified as Devin Patrick Kelley
(Sinclair Broadcast Group) —
Officials have identified the suspect in Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church as Devin Patrick Kelley, SBG San Antonio has confirmed.
The 26-year-old is accused of opening fire in a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, killing at least 26 and injuring at least 20.
In a statement, officials described the shooter as "a male wearing black clothing."
"According to preliminary information, the shooter entered the church and fired a rifle, killing 25 and wounding 20 before leaving the scene in a vehicle," Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt and the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement. " The shooter was later found deceased in his vehicle in Guadalupe County. The exact circumstances of the gunman’s death are still under investigation."
Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014, CBS News reports. According to CBS, he received a dishonorable discharge and was court martialed in May 2014.
A U.S. military official confirmed to The Associated Press that Kelley was former Air Force member who was stationed in New Mexico at one time.
Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says records confirm that Devin P. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. The date of his discharge and the circumstances under which he left the service were not immediately available.
The Pentagon also confirmed that Kelley was an airman "at one point," but didn't provide additional details.
A U.S. official told The Associated Press Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and doesn't appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. The official said investigators are looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday's attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.
Authorities said civilian with a gun confronted the attacker and chased him away. The gunman was later found dead in his vehicle.
A Department of Public Safety official said at the news conference that investigators weren't ready to discuss a possible motive for the attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.