The gunman who turned a Texas church into a shooting gallery had committed a lot of violence in his past, including a court-martial from the Air Force for assaulting his first wife and child, an animal cruelty arrest — and a habit of harassing ex-girlfriends.
“He was very sick in the head,” Katy Landry, a former girlfriend of Devin Patrick Kelley.
Kelley, 26, arrived at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday ready for war, wearing black tactical gear and a ballistics vest and carrying what authorities described as an “assault-type rifle.” He opened fire, killing 26 people, at least a dozen of them children.
What was behind this act of carnage in a place of sanctuary? Authorities have not specified a motive but they have noted that his mother-in-law had attended the church and been threatened by him.
There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws. The mother-in-law had received threatening text messages from Kelley in recent days.