After shooting 26 people dead inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs the gunman, who was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, also shot himself dead on November 6.
According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, this was the largest mass shooting in the state’s history where the youngest victim was 18 months old and the oldest was 72 years old. The governor also called this an “evil act” which left additional 20 people wounded.
“There are so many families that have lost family members. The tragedy is worsened that it happened in a church, a place of worship … We mourn their loss, but we support their family members,” Abott says.
Kelley, an airman at the air force “at one point,” was court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and child.
With his past charges, Kelley was not supposed to possess a gun but nothing in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System would have prevented the shooter from purchasing weapons, special agent in charge Christopher Combs said.
“Had his information been in the database, it should have prevented gun sales to Kelley,” the Air Force said in a statement.
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
The shooter bought four weapons in total—two in Colorado and two in Texas, the ATF said. One each was purchased in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
As of press time, mourning continues in the community and prayers were shared all over the world for the victims of the mass shooting.