Neighbor says accused Sutherland Springs gunman Devin Kelley 'regular guy'

COMAL COUNTY, Texas – Residents along FM 2722 in Comal County, where accused gunman Devin Patrick Kelley lived with his wife and young child, said they are shocked to hear about his alleged part in the Sutherland church shooting Sunday.

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"I'm stunned. I'm leaving to go to a softball meeting and I find this in my front yard," Terry Moravitz said as deputies kept watch on wooded property beyond a cattle guard, where Moravitz said Kelley had lived for at least a decade.

His parents lived in one home, while Kelley lived in a "barndominium."

The couple had heard about the church massacre, but had no idea it was hitting so close to home.

"Shocking. (You) never think your neighbor is capable of something like that," Mark Moravitz said.

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Mark Moravitz said the Kelley family would travel often, so they would house sit.

"Nothing abnormal. Regular guy,"Mark Moravitz said of Kelley. "I mean, the only thing unusual across the street is we hear a lot of gunfire, a lot of times at night. We hear gunfire a lot, but we're out in the country. "

A K-9 vehicle was at the scene with tools often used to sniff out explosives and weapons, but there were no visible signs any were found.

As night fell, Texas Rangers left the scene. And while officers have been at the location for several hours, they have yet to provide any information.

The shooting at First Baptist Church in Southland Springs, Texas left 26 people -- ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old -- dead and 20 wounded, authorities said.

Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, has been identified as the gunman.

Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:20 a.m., before fleeing in a vehicle, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. Witnesses said Kelley was dressed in all black tactical gear and a ballistic vest. A Department of Public Safety official said he was carrying a Ruger ARb assault-type rifle.

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