Texas church shooter able to buy guns because of U.S. Air Force error

The Texas church shooter was wrongly allowed to pass background checks to purchase firearms because the U.S. Air Force failed to report his court-martial for domestic violence to an FBI database.
By Delila James | Nov 08, 2017
The Texas church gunman was wrongly allowed to pass background checks to purchase firearms because the U.S. Air Force neglected to report his court-martial for domestic violence to an FBI database, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

The 26-year-old shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, bought four guns between 2014 and 2017 despite spending a year in military prison and being dishonorably discharged from the Air Force.

Kelley killed 26 people ranging in age from 18 months to 77 years at the First Baptist Church in the small community of Sutherland Springs outside San Antonio. Investigators have found hundreds of shell casings and 15 empty ammo magazines inside the church.

Officials said Monday that the mass shooting may have been triggered by a domestic dispute with Kelley's mother-in-law, who sometimes attended the church. But she was not there on the fateful Sunday.

Investigators say the gunman's elaborate preparations prior to the killing spree make it hard to believe he was motivated solely by a disagreement with his mother-in-law.

"There are many ways that he could have taken care of the mother-in-law without coming with 15 magazines and a loaded assault rifle to a church," said Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin, at a news conference.

Besides the 26 people killed, 20 others from five to 73 years old were wounded, according to officials. Four are in serious condition and 10 are in critical condition.

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