The lone gunman behind the deadly massacre that unfolded near San Antonio on Sunday was discharged from the Air Force for violently attacking his spouse and child, reports Fox News.
26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley killed at least 26 people and injured dozens more when he opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas; carrying out the deadliest shooting at a House of Worship in American history.
The gunman was court-martialed in 2012, and was punished with one year’s confinement and a reduction in rank.
According to those close to the investigation, the church was likely targeted intentionally.
“I don’t think the church was just randomly attacked,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott. “I think there was a reason why the shooter chose this church.”
The Governor confirmed that Kelley applied for a gun-permit, but was eventually rejected.
“He was rejected either because he did not fully answer all the questions that are required to get a Texas gun permit, or he answered those questions wrong, that we still don’t know,” he added.