Youngest Killed in Texas Church Shooting Was 18 Months Old
The youngest person killed in the Texas church shooting massacre was 18 months old, according to a revised age range provided by Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin.
Martin had previously provided a different age range of 5 to 72 years old but clarified on Monday that the first set of ages was for those wounded.
At least 26 people were killed, including an 8-month pregnant woman with her unborn child. Martin said that 23 people died inside the church, two died outside and one died at a hospital.
Another 20 people were wounded. Of those, 10 are in critical condition, four in serious condition, and six are in stable condition or have been discharged.
Several children are among the killed, including the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter.
Suspected gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, carried out one of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
Kelley sent threatening messages to his mother-in-law who sometimes attends the rural Texas church.
Kelley was involved in a domestic dispute with the family of Danielle Shields, a woman he married in 2014, and the situation had flared up, according to officials and official records. It was unclear if the two were still married.
“There was a domestic situation going on within the family and the in-laws,” Martin told reporters outside the church on Monday morning. “The mother-in-law attended the church … she had received threatening text messages from him.”
The suspect was court-martialed and dishonorably discharged by the U.S. Air Force on charges of assaulting his then-wife and child. A federal law prohibits those who have been dishonorably discharged from owning a gun.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt Jr. said in an interview that the family members were not in the church during Kelley’s attack.
“I heard that (the in-laws) attended church from time to time,” Tackitt said. “Not on a regular basis.”
The attack came about a month after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas in the deadliest shooting by a lone assailant in U.S. history.
The Texas death toll matched the fatalities at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a man shot and killed 26 children and educators after slaying his mother at their home in December 2012.
Reuters contributed to this report.