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Monday, 06 November 2017 - 13:45
Texas gunman’s identity revealed
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The identity of the Texas gunman who had killed at least 26 people before his death has been named.
 
Yesterday, at least 26 people were killed and 20 others injured after a gunman opened fire on a congregation at the First Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
 
23 people had died inside the church, two were found dead outside and one died on the way to the hospital.
 
The ages of the victims were ranging from 5 to 72. Several are still in the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.
 
The gunman has not been officially identified by police but has been described as a white male aged in his 20s wearing tactical-style gear and a ballistic vest.
 
Several US media outlets reported the suspect’s name as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, based on briefings from unnamed law enforcement sources.
 
An Air Force spokeswoman said Kelley served from 2010 to 2014 and left following a court-martial. He received a bad conduct discharge for assaulting his wife and child.
 
Police said the suspect was first seen at a gas station in Sutherland Springs at about 11.20am before he started shooting at the church from the outside and then walked inside and continued shooting.
 
He was tackled by a local as he exited the church. He fled the scene in his car, pursued by two locals and police, and was found dead after a brief chase when his vehicle crashed.
 
It is not known if he died from a self-inflicted wound or a shot fired by the local who first intercepted him.
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