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Largest mass shooting in Texas history: 26 dead, 20 injured in church

26 people were shot to death and 20 others were wounded Sunday, after a Texas gunman entered a baptist church in Sutherland Springs and opened fire, as reported by authorities. Since Sutherland Springs is a small town, the bloodshed killed nearly 4% of the town’s population, about half of them being children. 8 members from one family, the local pastor’s 17-year-old daughter, as well as the visiting pastor were also among those dead in the church shooting. The Texas governor Greg Abbott described the massacre as the largest mass shooting in the history of Texas.

Deputies say the motive behind the deadly shooting is still unknown. Interestingly, the gunman had in-laws who generally were present at the church services, but at the time of the slaughter none of them was there, sheriff says.

Today, the Texas Department of Safety identified the shooter as Devin Patrick Kelley. Devin Kelley, 27, was found dead in his car after he walked out of the church and was followed by an armed local man. More details about his death will be clarified in the course of investigation.

As for Devin Patrick Kelley’s background, he served at the US Air Force from 2010 until he was discharged. In 2012, he was court-martialed for assaulting his family members. After spending one year in confinement and a bad conduct discharge, Kelley’s rank was reduced.