Texas Church Shooter Identified as 26-Year-Old Devin Patrick Kelley

NBCDFW - The man who killed more than two dozen people at a Texas church Sunday was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, law enforcement officials told NBC News. 

Kelley lived in Comal County, near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs where the killings occurred.  

Authorities have not publicly identified the gunman, who is dead from a gunshot wound after fleeing the scene. He was pursued by a neighbor of the church who shot at him. The FBI is investigating.

Dave Ivey told NBC News that the reports that Kelley, his nephew, had committed the massacre left him numb.

"I never in a million years could of believed Devin could be capable of this kind of thing," Ivey said in a statement. "My family will suffer because of his coward actions....I am so sorry for the victims in Texas."

A U.S. military official said Kelley was a former Air Force member who was stationed in New Mexico at one time.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek says records confirm that Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge. The date of his discharge and the circumstances under which he left the service were not immediately available.

The Pentagon also confirmed that Kelley was an airman "at one point," but didn't provide additional details.

In Sutherland Springs, first responders are putting "all the pieces of a very complex puzzle together to try to provide their community all the answers they need and deserve," Gov. Greg Abbott said. 

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett had no information on the nature or motivation of the shooting.

The gunman, dressed in all black and wearing a tactical vest, began firing at the church from outside, then entered the church. He fled after a neighbor picked up a rifle and engaged with him, officials said. The gunman fled in a vehicle and died after a pursuit ended in a crash. He was found dead in the vehicle from a gunshot wound, but it's not clear if that wound was self-inflicted.

The victims were between the ages of 5 and 72, officials said.

One victim was identified by her family as the 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor, Frank Pomeroy, who was out of the state when the shooting took place, as was the girl's mother.

"We lost our 14-year-old daughter today and many friends," her mother, Sherri Pomeroy, told NBC News in a statement. "Neither of us have made it back into town yet to personally see the devastation."


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