by: Jaden Cooper
Twenty-six people were killed at First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooter fled and was pursued by a resident and police, but was found dead after running his car off the road. Officials identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of a neighboring county. Kelley was court martialed in 2014 on two charges of assaulting his spouse and child.
Kelley had multiple gunshot wounds when he was found in his wrecked car, one to the leg and one in the torso by an armed citizen, and one to the head which was self-inflicted. During Kelley’s discharge from the United States Air Force, there was nothing ever recorded into the National Criminal Information Center database by the Holloman Air Force Base. As a result there was no reason for Kelley to be denied access to firearms. Russ Porter, a current events teacher, said, “It’s almost impossible to stop these shootings when there’s people out there that want to do these kinds of things, but those people can get mental help and the people surrounding them need to be more aware too”.
This shooting is the fourth deadliest shooting massacre in the U.S. The first was the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, NV with 58 deaths and and injuring over 500 more. The Texas church shooting killed 26 people and injured over 20 other people. The shooters in both cases were white males. In both of the cases there was no obvious motive for the shootings. Kyle Bullinger, a financial teacher, said “It scares me because I have family less than 100 miles from where the shooting took place, and it’s getting to the point where people aren’t surprised in the U.S. when these shootings happen”.