SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – The shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs that left 26 dead and more than 20 wounded Sunday morning was related to a “domestic situation,” officials said at a press conference Monday.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, has been identified as the shooter. Officials said he and his mother-in-law had a tumultuous relationship and said Kelley sent her a series of threatening text messages in days prior to the shooting. Kelley’s in-laws were members of the church but were not there at the time of the shooting.
Officials said the mass shooting was not racially or religiously motivated.
The church is located in the 500 block of 4th Street in the small, south Texas town about 40 miles east of San Antonio.
Kelley was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following the shooting. His body was recovered about 10 miles away in Guadalupe County from inside the vehicle that he used to flee the scene of the shooting.