Yesterday, November 5th, 2017, a gunman dressed in all black wearing a ballistic vest strapped to his chest and a military-style rifle in his hands, opened fire on congregants at a Sunday service at a small Baptist church in rural Texas, killing at least 26 people.
The gunman, identified as a 26 year old Devin Patrick Kelley, An American who served in the Air Force in New Mexico but was charged in 2012 of assaulting his wife and child.
He was also sentenced to a 12 month confinement and got a bad conduct discharge in 2014 according to the chief of Air Force media operations – Ann Stefanek.
Mr Devin motive for firing at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs is yet unknown as families of the victims killed in cold blood gathered in mass, holding onto their Bibles and praying to God.
Officials stated that Mr. Devin started shooting at the church not long after the Sunday service commenced at 11 a.m.
Armed with a military style rifle, shooting and killing many inside the small church within minutes with his victims ranging from 5 to 72 years old and largely children, a pregnant woman, the pastor’s 14 year old daughter, Brayan Holcombe, the guest preacher at the church and his wife Karla Holcombe were among the dead.
Investigation are still ongoing.
Photo credit: The New York Times