REVEALED: Texas shooter targeted the church where his second wife's family worshipped, killing 26 people including children and a pregnant woman, before shooting himself in the head after fleeing

  • Devin Patrick Kelley appears to have a connection to the church he targeted in Sutherland Springs, Texas
  • Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett said Monday that his ex in-laws attended the First Baptist Church
  • It was previously reported that Kelley's wife Danielle's family were parishioners 
  • Tackett's statement that it was his ex's parents who attended the church indicate that he and his wife may have had a falling out
  • Danielle used to work as a teacher at the church, her mother is friends with the pastor's wife on social media
  • Records show they were married in April 2014, when Kelley was 23 and his bride was 19
  • He was also married at least once before, to a Tessa K Kelley
  • The couple divorced in 2012, the same year he was court-martialed for domestic violence 
  • Kelley used to teach Bible studies, but family and friends say he became an atheist at some point
  • A former classmate told ABC News that Kelley hated religion people and that his social media posts on Sunday showed he was 'in a bad place' 
  • After killing 26 in the church on Sunday, Kelley fled in his car and committed suicide behind the wheel by shooting himself in the head 

 

 

The Texas church shooter had family connections to the church where he killed at least 26 on Sunday in what is now the worst mass shooting in the state's history.  

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett told reporters Monday morning that Devin Patrick Kelley's ex in-laws attended the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs 'from time to time' but weren't in attendance when he unleashed a firestorm of bullets during Sunday morning's service.

It was previously reported that Kelley's wife Danielle was a former teacher at the school, and that her mother Michelle was a parishioner. 

But the sheriff's revelation that it was his ex in-laws who attended the church indicates that he and Danielle may have had a falling out. 

 

Sheriff Tackett said the family came to the church after the massacre to speak to investigators.  

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Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett said on Monday that Devin Kelley's (right) ex in-laws attended the Texas church he attacked on Sunday. It was previously reported that his wife Danielle's (left) family were parishioners at the church. The sheriff's new statement indicates that Kelley and his wife may have broken up 

As of Monday, Danielle's Facebook profile still listed her relationship status as 'married' and photos on the account show her with two young kids - a baby girl and an older boy. 

Neighbor Mark Moravitz told ABC News that Kelley lived at his parents' home in New Braunfels with his wife. Moravitz said that he would sometimes hear gunshots coming for near the house late at night.

Marriage records show the two tied the knot in Comal County, Texas on April 4, 2014, when Kelley was 23 and his bride was 19. 

Danielle's mother Michelle Shields (above) was a  parishioner at the church and was connected to the pastor's wife on social media 
 

Danielle's mother Michelle Shields (above) was a  parishioner at the church and was connected to the pastor's wife on social media 

Public records show he was also married once before to a Tessa K Kelley, who he married in April 2011. Kelley and his other wife divorced a year later - the same year that he was court-martialed for domestic violence.

Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Kelley was court-martialed on one count of assault on his spouse and another count of assault on their child. He was sentenced to 12 months' confinement, a reduction in rank and was discharged for bad conduct two years later.  

 

Stefanek said Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge.  

Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting Sunday morning. 

The attack only stopped when Kelley was confronted by local hero Stephen Willeford, 55, who shot him through a gap in his body armor as the gunman tried to leave the church. Kelley fled in his car, where he proceeded to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.

At least 26 people were killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb, authorities say. Victims include a two-year-old girl and the 14-year-old adopted daughter of the pastor.

Eight members of one family, including a eight-months-pregnant mother and three of her children were killed. The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.

Last night, San Antonio police raided Kelley's home with K9 and bomb squad units, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unit and FBI.

Horrific details of the attack have started to emerge with police saying there was likely 'no way' for congregants to escape. Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said: 'He (Kelley) just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out. It's unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. Defenseless people.'