More on the Texas church shooter

Kelley suffered from a troubled past

San Angelo, TX - There are more details on the Texas church killer, Devin Kelley, and his tainted past. Months before pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-wife and infant step-son in 2012, he had escaped from a New Mexico mental facility. A police report shows that while stationed at Hollaman Air Force Base, Kelley was institutionalized for attempting to carry out death threats on his commanding officers and had been caught trying to sneak guns on to the base. Officers searching for Kelley, were advised that he, "suffered from mental disorders", and was a threat to himself and others. Separate court documents show that Kelley was investigated for sexual assault and rape the following year, in 2013, but charges were never filed. One year after that in 2014, animal abuse charges were brought up after neighbors told police Kelley was seen punching his pet husky. 

Sheriff Joe Tackitt reports, "He did not want him at his church". (Why?) "He just thought that he was not a good person to be around." Authorities say Kelley was familiar with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and attended activities there before carrying out the largest mass shooting in Texas state history. 

There were on-line clues with Kelley's presence, offering insight in to his mindset ahead of the massacre. Friends say that Kelley started going after them online in recent months.

Christopher Leo Longoria states, "Picking on a lot of other students, he picked on me for losing weight, [and] was also anti-God, preaching his beliefs of atheism, lots of gun violence videos."

Survivor Rosanne Solis recounts with him saying, "Everybody's going to die, (obscenity)". "The bullets were hitting, passing me like that and I could see it on the carpet and I said if I don't move from here, I'm going to die". 

When she got up she recalls seeing, "blood, dead people, dead bodies, dead children all over the place, outside, people screaming, looking for each other. It was terrible."

Shooter Devin Kelley's troubled past goes deeper than these recent times. His paper trail shows he grew more violent over time. High school disciplinary records obtained by CNN show Kelley endured seven suspensions, including drug offenses and skipping class. By 2012, he was facing assault charges in military court, and he had escaped from a behavioral health clinic where he was being held ahead of trial.

When officers found Kelly after that escape they recorded that he had been "caught sneaking firearms" on the air force base where he was stationed, all this after making death threats to his chain of command. 

Kelley's actions of aggravated assault on his young stepson were so violent, sources say the toddler suffered a fractured skull.

A history of domestic violence is yet another red flag that would prevent a gun purchase under current law, but it must be reported to make a difference.


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