Despite the hopes and prayers of government officials who could legislate gun ownership more, but won't, mass shootings still happen in the United States. The latest one happened as Davin Patric Kelley, 26, walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs an gunned down the people attending the mass. This 26-year-old married father of a two year old was a former Bible study teacher - as well as a US Air Force veteran who was dishonorably discharged for assaulting his wife and child.
The gunman walked into the church dressed in body armor and tactical gear, as well as carrying loads of ammo. He gunned down at least 26 people before Stephen Willeford, 55, managed to shoot him through a gap in his body armor. This same man might have possibly killed Davin after a car chase. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr reports that victims include a two-year-old girl, a pregnant woman and the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor. Multiple victims are being treated at the Connally Memorial Medical Center.
Davin was married to Danielle Shields - previously a teacher at the First Baptist Church - and had child together. He lived at his parents' house with his wife and child. Neighbors claim that they would sometimes hear gunshots near the house late at night. Apparently, Davin had recently shared a photo of an AR-15 rifle with the caption "She's a bad bitch."
Davin had joined the US Air Force after graduating in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply before being court-martialed for two counts of assaulting his wife and kid. He received 12 months of "confinement" and a dishonorable discharge in 2014. Afterwards, Davin volunteered to be a Bible studies teacher at Kingsville First Baptist Church. At the time of the shooting, he was employed by Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort in New Braunfels and was a licensed security guard.
Described as a "creepy," "crazy" and an "outcast," Davin had supposedly started preaching about atheism as of late and picking fights on social media. His criminal record was clean aside from traffic infractions.
According to the police, Davin at around 11.20 AM - moments before the shooting - at a Valero gas station "dressed in all black, tactical gear, wearing a ballistics belt." Kelley then "crossed the street to the church, exited his vehicle and began firing on the church.
He moved to the right side of the church and continued to fire, and entered the church and continued to fire. A local resident grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect,' Martin said. 'The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger assault type rifle, and fled from the church. A local citizen pursued the subject at that time."
Willeford shot him in between Kelley's body armor, hitting him in his side, forcing him to drop his rifle and flee the scene in an SUV. Johnnie Langendorff, a local resident and a witness to the gun battle, said that both he and a neighbor jumped in his truck and gave chase. "[They] jumped in my boyfriend's truck and they chased that sick bastard down in pursuit until the cops could catch up. He was able to run the shooter off the road on 539!" wrote Langendorff's girlfriend Summer Caddel on Facebook.
Langendorff said he drove while his neighbor aimed at the fleeing car. Davin apparently lost control of the car as they approached a sharp curve in the road, near the 307 and 539, in Guadalupe County, swerving off the road. "That's when I put the truck in park," he said. "The other gentleman jumped out, and had his rifle on him. He didn't move after that." Neither Langendorff nor his neighbor were injured. The police found Davin dead and allegedly with more weapons and explosives in his vehicle. The police doesn't know if Davin was shot or shot himself.