Officials have confirmed the First Baptist Church church shooter in Sutherland, Texas is 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley
Kelley posted a picture of an assault rifle to his Facebook on October 29 with the caption “She’s a bad bitch”
Kelley was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force in 2014
According to Kelley’s LinkedIn he was a vocational bible study teacher aid
After at least two people were wrongly named as being responsible for a deadly mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas, the shooter has finally been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley.
On Sunday, Kelley committed the largest mass shooting in a place of worship in the history of America. On Kelley’s Facebook page, which has now been deleted, he posted a picture of an assault rifle with the caption, “She’s a bad bitch.” That image was posted roughly a week ago on October 29.
US Air Force E1
It has been discovered that Kelley, a resident of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, is a former US Air Force E1 from 2010 to 2014. Kelley was court-martialed in May of 2014 and received a dishonorable discharge.
Kelley’s Facebook showed two unidentified children. While it is not confirmed as of yet if those children were his, it has been confirmed that Kelley was married.
I Do Not Fear Death
On his Facebook, his favorite quote was a quote from Mark Twain that read, “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
According to Kelley’s LinkedIn, he was a VBS teacher aid for “VBS AT KINGSVILLE FBC.” Kelley noted, “Dates volunteered Jun 2013 – Jun 2013 Volunteer duration 1 mo. Cause Children. Teaching children ages 4-6 at vocational bible schools helping their minds grow and prosper.” It is reported that multiple children were shot during Sunday’s shooting.
Kelley entered the First Baptist Church in tactical gear and opened fire. He then got into a vehicle and drove off which led to a short police chase into Guadalupe County where it is confirmed he was shot and killed. At this time it is still unclear if Kelley took his own life.
While impatient social media users waited for the shooter’s name, Chris Ward, a victim of the shooting was falsely named as the shooter in an interview with an employee of a nearby gas station.
Ward’s aunt, Edith Sommer, made a post on her Facebook claiming Ward was not the shooter. Instead, Ward and his family were all victims of Kelley’s attack on the church.
State Rep Vicente Gonzalez also falsely named Sam Hyde as the shooter during a live interview on CNN. Naming Hyde as the shooter is a well-known and long-running Internet joke that occurs after almost every mass shooting.