Authorities believe gunman targeted church due to domestic issues with in-laws; Devin Kelley killed 26 churchgoers, later killed himself after being c
Posted on 11/7/2017 8:05:00 AM.

(Sutherland Springs) -- Law enforcement officials are updating some of the details surrounding the shooting death of more than 25 people Sunday at a church in Sutherland Springs, approximately 30 minutes south of Seguin.  Freeman Martin, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Monday provided an update on the death toll and on the number injured in Sunday's attack on the First Baptist Church.

"There are 26 deceased. The total...number (wounded) is 20. There are six in stable condition, or have been released. There are four that are in serious condition, and ten that remain in critical condition," said Martin.

Martin says most of those people were killed inside the church, while two were killed outside, and one died at a hospital.  Martin confirmed the suspect in the case is 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, who's believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigators do not believe this was a random incident. Martin says Kelley attacked the church because of a dispute with his mother-in-law.  Kelley had sent threatening texts to his mother in-law, who had attended the church in Sutherland Springs.

"We can't go into details about that domestic situation. That is continuing to be vetted and thoroughly investigated. But we want to get that out there, that this was not racially motivated (and) it wasn't over religious beliefs," said Martin.

Kelley is believed to have committed suicide after being chased from the church by two good Samaritans, one of which engaged in gunfire with the suspect. During the chase from the church, Martin says Kelley apparently used a cell phone to call his father. The chase ended here in Guadalupe County.

"The suspect used his cellphone to notify his father that he had been shot, and that he didn't think he was going to make it. Subsequently, he shot himself," said Martin.

Martin said Kelley did not have a license to carry, but Fred  Milanowski, of the ATF, said several guns were recovered, including a rifle and two handguns.  Authorities said they had seen video from inside the church, but didn't provide details as to what they saw.

Sutherland Springs, Texas Department of Public Safety




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