On Sunday November 5th 2017, a White man went to a church in Sutherland Springs, TX and murdered 26 parishioners. At least 20 others have been injured. A pregnant woman, an 18 month-old baby, and a 5 year-old girl are reportedly among the dead. The terrorist/psychopath was shot by another church attendee, before giving chase. The suspect was found in his car dead, 11 miles away from the scene. As of now, it isn't publicly known whether the suspect died from the shot he received, or from a self-inflicted gunshot. The gunman has been identified as 26 year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. It's believed that Patrick's terrorist act was part of a domestic dispute, though details are still emerging. The victims have not all been id'ed yet, though it is certain they are all White as well. Sutherland Springs is a tiny village of less than 400 residents located 21 miles east of San Antonio. There isn't much to say about the place, and prior to Sunday's massacre, was probably all but unheard of outside the region.
Kelley once served in the Air Force, joining in 2010. In 2012 he was court-martialed for beating his wife and child - a crime for which he served a year in a military prison. In 2014, he received a "bad conduct discharge", which apparently is not quite the same as a "dishonorable discharge". Despite Kelley's criminal history of domestic violence, in 2016 he was able to buy an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle. Kelley even posted a photo of the weapon on his facebook page, with the caption, "She's a bad bitch". He would eventually use that very same gun in Sunday's deadly killing spree.
Sunday's bloodbath at the rural TX church took place just over a month after another terrorist shooting massacre at a Country music concert in Las Vegas, NV left 58 people dead. In that terrorist act, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock used similar assault rifles to mow down dozens of concert-goers. Some of his weapons had been modified with so-called bump stocks which convert semi-automatic rifles into fully-auto rapid-fire machine guns. They are perfectly legal and seem to retail for little more than $100US. Attempts to ban bump stocks will likely fail. Paddock committed suicide before police managed to breach his hotel room. As is with Kelley, most if not all of Paddock's victims were also White. To this day, a direct motive for Paddock's rampage has proven difficult to come by.