Devin Patrick Kelley has been identified as the gunman who killed at least 24 people at a church in Texas, a U.S. official tells The Daily Beast. A week before he committed the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, Kelley posted a photo of an assault rifle to Facebook with the caption: “She’s a bad bitch.”
Kelley, 26, was a resident of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, according to public records. Kelley was married and his mother-in-law listed a P.O. box in Sutherland Springs as a mailing address. San Antonio police reportedly raided Kelley’s home on Sunday evening. A LinkedIn account appearing to belong to Kelley describes him as serving in the U.S. Air Force from his 2009 high-school graduation until 2013, after which he briefly taught at a summer Bible school.
Hollywoodlife: At roughly 11:30 a.m., Kelley entered the church wearing full gear and opened fire on those in attendance, killing 27 and injuring 24. Among the dead was the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter Annabelle Renee Pomeroy. She “was one very beautiful, special child,” her father Frank Pomeroy told ABC News. Victims were taken to a nearby hospital following the attack. “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted after news of the incident broke. “Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.