On Sunday, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others in what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the deadliest mass shooting in his state’s history. In the wake of this tragedy – as is often the case after similar attacks – many are left asking why and how could it happen. While there is no easy answer, investigators have seen a common thread in more than half of the spate of mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years: domestic violence. In fact, a recent analysis of FBI data by the group Everytown for Gun Safety found that over a five-year period, 54 percent of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence and included the killing of a partner or other family member. Kelley had a history of domestic violence. U.S. Air Force records show he was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his then-wife and young stepson, fracturing the child’s skull. He was convicted and received a one-year sentence. Texas church shooting survivors say gunman targeted crying babies A 2012 police report obtained Tuesday revealed that Kelley had escaped from a behavioral health center where… Read full this story
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