The lone gunman who murdered at least 26 people at a Texan church over the weekend had a horrific history of violence, including severely injuring his young stepson as well as repeated reports of vicious animal cruelty.
Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old man behind the worst shooting at a House of Worship in American history, was discharged from the US Air Force in 2014 after he “intentionally” fractured his stepson’s skull.
“He assaulted his stepson severely enough that he fractured his skull, and he also assaulted his wife,” a retired colonel for the Air Force told the New York Times. “He pled to intentionally doing it.”
According to Fox News, Kelley was also charged for multiple counts of animal cruelty in 2014; reportedly “punching” his pet Husky while living in a trailer park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Those familiar with the investigation say Kelley used two firearms while perpetrating his deadly assault.
“Based on information we received from law enforcement, we confirmed that the suspect purchased two firearms from two San Antonio locations, one in 2016 and one in 2017,” said a statement from investigators. “We also confirmed that both sales were approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). We are cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate further.”