Texas Shooting: More chilling details emerge


NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. — The gunman who opened fire in a church outside San Antonio, killing at least 26 people, escaped from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base and “attempting to carry out death threats” made against military superiors, according to a police report.

The report said that officers with the El Paso, Tex., police were dispatched to a bus terminal after Devin P. Kelley‘s escape from a behavioral facility about seven miles away in New Mexico.

The officers wrote that they were told Kelely “was a danger to himself and others” at the time and noted that he “was also facing military criminal charges.” The report was first obtained Tuesday by KPRC, a Houston television station.

This revelation came as authorities continued to seek a fuller portrait of Kelley and also probed a breakdown in military protocols that failed to flag a domestic violence conviction meant to keep him from buying firearms.

As tiny Sutherland Springs has mourned the church attack, more chilling details emerged of how Kelley, clad in all black and a mask with a skull on it, methodically tried to take as many victims as possible as he stalked the pews of First Baptist Church.

“I can tell you when the first call came in, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office arrived within four minutes,” Freeman Martin, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a briefing Tuesday. “I can tell you four minutes is a long time during an active shooter situation.”

When the gunfire ended, nearly everyone inside had been injured or killed, Martin said.

Kelley was shot twice by a local man who heard what was happening and responded to the church with his own rifle. The gunman fled and ultimately shot himself in the head, officials said.