We know at this point that the shooter was 26 year old Devin Patrick Kelley. Reportedly dishonorably discharged from the Air Force for beating his wife and child. He beat his child so badly he fractured the child’s skull. He received a dishonorable discharge and 12 months of prison time. But it did not trigger his ineligibility (his prison time would have to exceed 12 months).
However, if the Air Force had reported the domestic abuse to the NICS database as they should have done and as required by law, he would have been prevented from purchasing the firearm he used in his crime. We also know that he applied for a permit to carry a pistol, but the Sheriff denied him the permit.
Kelley apparently was an Antifa member who posted online about starting a new civil war in our country. He also endorsed several Democrats for public office on social media according to reports.
We also know that a neighbor of the church and a former NRA firearm Instructor, a Stephen Willeford got his rifle (an AR-15) and returned fire on the gunman Kelley. His daughter came to him yelling someone was shooting up the church. Another citizen, Johnnie Langendorff pulled up to the intersection and saw the exchange of gunfire.
Citizen Johnnie Langendorff saw the exchange of gunfire between the armed citizen and Kelley. According to Fox News Langendorff described as such: “I pulled up on the intersection and I saw the shooter coming from the cars, actually right outside the church his vehicle was parked, doors open, engines open and him and the neighbor across the street and exchanging fire, … The shooter got in his truck, the gentlemen with the rifle came to my truck as the shooter took off, and he briefed me quickly on what had just happened and said we had to get him, so that’s what I did,” he said.
“We just take pursuit, we speed over 87 through traffic and hit about 95 going down 539 trying to catch this guy until he eventually lost control on his own and went off in the ditch,” Langendorff said.
According to The Tribunist:
“Freeman Martin, of the Department of Public Safety, described the timeline and actions of the armed neighbor during an afternoon press conference.”
“At approximately 11:20 this morning a suspect was seen at a Valero gas station in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Martin said. “He was dressed in all black. That suspect crossed the street to the church, exited his vehicle and began firing at the church.”
“That suspect then moved to the right side of the church and then continued to fire,” he continued. “That suspect entered the church and continued to fire. As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect. The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church.”
“Our local citizen pursued the suspect at that time,” Freeman went on. “A short time later as law enforcement responded that suspect right at the Wilson/Guadalupe County line crashed out and was found deceased in his vehicle. At this time we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident. We know he’s deceased in the vehicle.”
“Langendorff says the suspected gunman made it to his SUV and drove away, but the two men gave chase. The chase ended at a sharp curve where the suspect wrecked. During this time, the two men perusing him were on the phone with 911 giving detailed information to police about where they were headed. ”
Willeford was also interviewed today and said that his daughter alerted him to the shooter. He rushed to his gun safe and took out his AR-15 rifle and ran barefoot across the street to engage the shooter.
“He saw me and I saw him,” Willeford said. “I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover.”
“I know I hit him,” Willeford said. “He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again.”
Police found that the gunman had more weapons and ammunition in his vehicle as they inventoried the dead gunman’s SUV.
26 people are dead and at least 20 wounded. We owe Johnnie Langendorff and Steven Willeford, the armed citizen credit for stopping this killer’s shooting spree.