A Sunday mass at a small church in rural Texas was cut short after a gunman dressed in all black opened fire to the parishioners. At least 26 people died during this incident. The investigation regarding the perpetrator of the act is still underway. According to some police officers who sought anonymity, a 26-year-old man by the name Devin Patrick Kelley is the primary suspect. Mr. Kelley, however, passed on a little while after the attack. He was a resident of New Braunfels, Texas. He at one time served in the Air Force and was stationed in New Mexico. According to the chief of Air Force media operations Ann Stefanek, Kelley court-martialed in the year 2012. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement for assaulting his wife and child.
The motive behind the attack remains a puzzle. The shooting enshrined shortly after the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs began its Sunday morning service at 11. Am. Mr. Kelley is said to have been armed with a Ruger military-style rifle. Within a moment, members of the congregation were either wounded or dead. Among those who died were several children, a pregnant woman and a 14-year old daughter of the pastor. The members of the church ranged between 5 to 72 years of age. About 20 people were wounded. The shooting is the deadliest to be recorded in the history of Texas. According to the Wilson County sheriff where Sutherland Spring is located, there has been an assumption that such attacks do not happen in small towns, but they were proven otherwise.
The perpetrator of this act according to the authorities was quite prepared. He alighted from his car and started firing from outside, moving inside. When Patrick Kelley got out of the church, he was confronted by an armed neighbor. Kelly was hit but managed to flee in his vehicle. The neighbors followed him to the Guadalupe County where his car crashed and was found dead by the officers. While speaking at a news conference in Japan, President Trump described the firing as a case of the highest level of mental problem. He went on to order that flags be flown at half-staff in the white house and all federal building until Thursday. Mr. Trump encouraged the Americans to pull together, join hands and live through the tears and sadness. On Sunday night, the victims’ families gathered at River Oaks Church.