Massacre in texas: were warning signs disregarded and serious mistakes made?

Barely three days after the massacre at a Texas church, reports of lapses before the crime and possible early warning signs are causing a stir. According to consistent media reports, the shooter Devin Patrick Kelley had escaped from a psychiatric facility in the state of New Mexico in June 2012. Two policemen would have picked him up at a bus stop in the Texas city of El Paso.

It was initially unclear how long Kelley had been in the psychiatric facility. He was stationed in New Mexico with the Air Force, which has come under pressure in the investigation following the crime at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs that left 26 dead and 20 injured. The issue is how the perpetrator was able to buy weapons even though he had a criminal record for domestic violence.

Assassin should never have had weapons

The Air Force acknowledged that the man’s criminal record had not been shared with an FBI database. The military had opened an investigation. Because of the conviction, Kelley shouldn’t have been allowed to buy guns in the first place. But he acquired a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns. He used the gun to commit the crime.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to meet with survivors and victims’ relatives in small community Wednesday. President Donald Trump is currently on a trip to Asia.

Found dead after rampage

The 26-year-old Kelley had been found dead in his car shortly after his rampage. Investigators believe he shot himself. The motive has not yet been determined, but previous findings indicate that it lies in his personal environment.

Kelley had served in the Air Force for several years. In 2012, he was convicted by a military court of attacking his then-wife and young stepson. He apparently stayed at the psychiatric facility before the trial. Kelley then spent a year in custody and was released from the Air Force in 2014.

Mother-in-law received threats prior to the crime

A possible motive is increasingly emerging that Kelley was angry with his second wife’s family. He had remarried in 2014 but was living separately from the woman. According to investigators, he sent text messages to his mother-in-law with threats. The woman had visited the church in the past. However, she was not at the service on Sunday.

Kelley himself had previously come to church events but was not welcome there, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN. The church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, had known Kelley from his visits and disliked seeing him there. There were no threats, but Pomeroy told authorities that Kelley "is not a good person to have around.". The clergyman’s 14-year-old daughter was killed in Sunday’s rampage.

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