Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was identified by authorities as the gunman. Law enforcement officials identified Kelley, who was killed hours after news first broke of the shooting at the First Baptist Church. The church’s pastor as well as also his wife lost their teenage daughter within the massacre, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Kelley was found dead via a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after a failed attempt to flee, authorities said. On leaving the church, Kelley was shot twice — within the leg as well as also torso — by an armed resident later identified as Stephen Willeford.
While Kelley had attempted to make his getaway in a sports utility vehicle, Willeford reportedly waved down a passing motorist, Johnnie Langendorff, in a pickup truck. Reuters reported which the two men chased after the suspect at high speed, before the gunman’s vehicle crashed in a ditch, authorities said.
On Monday, Trump said the Texas church shooting was caused by a “mental health problem” as well as also was not a domestic gun laws issue.
Trump — who received political support via the National Rifle Association during his 2016 election campaign — has consistently been against implementing more rigorous domestic gun control laws. Indeed, in February Trump quietly signed a bill into law which rolled back an Obama-era regulation which made the item harder for people with mental illnesses to buy a gun.