Devin Patrick Kelley – a 26 year old man who lived in the San Antonio, Texas area – went on a shooting rampage inside of a church during Sunday morning service on November 5th, 2017. There were 26 victims of the shooting First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 26 were killed – ranging from an 18 month old baby to a 77 year old senior citizen. This was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas’ history.
The shooter was initially engaged after his rampage by citizen Stephen Willieford, a plumber who exchanged in a gunfight … then Johnnie Langendorff, who drove by and stopped to help. At this point, it’s not quite clear of Kelley was hit or not by the gunfire exchange with Willieford, but he proceeded to get into his vehicle and flee. Langendorff took Willieford with him while they chased Kelley down. Speeds of up to 95 miles per hour were reached in pursuit of the shooter. Eventually, he crashed his car into a ditch. At this point, Langendorff is calling the police and Willieford is holding Kelley at gunpoint for about 5 minutes until the police arrived.
Rumors on social media after this massacre have been in abundance. Some say that Kelley was a Muslim convert… some say he was part of Antifa… some say he was a “christian White male terrorist.” The reality so far seems to be that he was in the Air Force from 2010 to 2014. He received a bad-conduct discharge for assault on his wife and child, on top of a 12 month confinement sentence. Which most likely means he has a felony and cannot own guns legally. If the assault on his wife and child were counted as domestic abuse, that would also preclude him from legally owning firearms. According to his Facebook page and those who knew of him on the platform, he was an atheist and an overall negative person.
Reaction on social media from “celebrities” who hate people on the right – especially Donald Trump – is out of control. Actor Wil Wheaton slammed Paul Ryan for calling for prayer because “if prayer worked, then they’d still be alive.” Chelsea Handler blamed Republicans for the incident as soon as it happened without even knowing any details. Many more comments like that can be found all over Twitter.
The most appropriate reaction during a time like this is to offer condolences and prayer to the family of those taken by violence during this tragic event.
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