Gunman in Texas shooting identified

Gunman who opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs identified as Devin Patrick Kelley. Death toll in shooting rises to 26.

Ben Ariel, | updated: 04:06

Police at scene of Texas shooting
Police at scene of Texas shooting

The gunman who opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of neighboring Comal County, NBC News reported.

Kelley was discharged from the Air Force in 2014, according to Defense Department records. He was court martialed in November 2012 and a judge sentenced him with a bad-conduct discharge, 12 months confinement, and two reductions in rank to basic airman, reported The Daily Beast.

Kelley was reportedly dressed in black tactical gear and wearing a ballistic vest during the shooting. He used a Ruger AR assault-type rifle to carry out the attack.

There was no immediate information regarding the reason behind the shooting, but federal officials said that while Kelley's motivation was unclear, there were no obvious signs of a connection to terrorism.

Meanwhile, officials said the death toll in the shooting stands at 26.

First responders at shooting scene in Sutherland Springs, Texas

Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Robert Murphy said earlier that the gunman had fled the scene of the attack and was pursued by law enforcement officials into Guadalupe County, where he was later killed by a gunshot wound.

Police have yet to declare whether the shot which killed the gunman was self-inflicted or was a result of a shootout with officers.

President Donald Trump, who is currently in Japan as part of a tour of Asia, expressed his condolences to the victims of the mass shooting.

"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," Trump tweeted.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu commented on the shooting as well upon his arrival in Israel from London.

"Horrified by the savagery in Texas. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the American people," he said.

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