On November 5, 2017, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles outside of San Antonio. This mass shooting took place during the church’s Sunday service. The shooting killed 26 people and injured 20 others and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
Once the shooter exited the church, he was shot twice by a local resident. The shooter then fled in his vehicle and was pursued by that same local resident and another citizen. The shooter lost control of his vehicle during the car chase and ran his car off the road into a ditch.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the shooter dead in his vehicle with three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head.
Kelley was in the Air Force and was court-martialed on two charges for assaulting his wife and their child in 2012 and was given a bad conduct discharge in 2014. Because of these convictions, Kelley should not have been able to purchase the weapon that he used to commit the mass shooting. The U.S. Airforce and Department of Defense are currently investigating why the Air Force failed to record his conviction for domestic assault in the proper database.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a shooting, the experienced lawyers at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner can assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 800-594-4884 for your free consultation.