Patrick Kelly Opened Fire at the First Baptist Church

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Patrick Kelly Opened Fire at the First Baptist Church

Devin Patrick Kelley and the church that he opened fire in.

Devin Patrick Kelley and the church that he opened fire in.

Devin Patrick Kelley and the church that he opened fire in.

Devin Patrick Kelley and the church that he opened fire in.

Hannah Vanduren, Ranger Review Reporter

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On Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley, a twenty-six-year-old resident of New Braunfels, Texas, opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, thirty miles east of San Antonio. Armed with a Ruger AR-556 rifle, he killed at least twenty-six people and injured twenty more. Survivors were rushed to nearby hospitals, including University Hospital in San Antonio, where the anesthesiologist, Maxim Eckmann, had been on call since shortly after six that morning. Eckmann, a forty-one-year-old father of six, grew up in Austin and moved to San Antonio nine years ago.

The report on Fox News, said that officers with the El Paso, Texas police were dispatched to a bus terminal after Devin P. Kelley‘s escape from a behavioral facility about seven miles away in New Mexico. Officers wrote that they were told Kelley, who intended to take a bus out of the state, “was a danger to himself and others” at the time and noted that he “was also facing military criminal charges.”

At least 26 people are dead and 27 injured after a gunman entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Among those who were killed, 12 to 14 of them were children, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told ABC13. Officials said the ages of those killed ranged from 18 months to 77 years, and the ages of those injured were 5 to 72. Eight members of the same family were also killed.

A top Texas public safety officer says that 23 of the people found dead in a shooting at a Baptist church were found inside the building, two others were outside and one person was transported but died later.

The gunman suspected of opening fire was a former U.S. Air Force airman who had a string of legal troubles beginning in at least 2012, when he was court-martialed and sentenced to a year in military prison for assaulting his wife and child.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, killed more than two dozen people before fleeing the scene and apparently taking his own life, authorities said. Police said Monday morning that the shooting followed a “domestic situation” and that at least one of his relatives attended the church he targeted.

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