Friday,24 November, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1368, (9 - 15 November 2017)
Friday,24 November, 2017
Issue 1368, (9 - 15 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS

SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS
SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS
Al-Ahram Weekly

Last Sunday as services began in the First Baptist Church in the sleepy town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, a man in black combat gear parked at a petrol station, grabbed an assault rifle, marched across the street and killed four per cent of this town’s population and 100 per cent of its innocence.
Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley’s first two victims were slain in the parking area of the First Baptist Church, the town’s epicentre and the church attended by his mother-in-law, whom police say he had expressed anger towards and perhaps wanted to kill.

Meanwhile, the US Air Force is investigating why it did not send Devin Kelley’s court martial and conviction for domestic violence to the FBI database used to approve gun buyers. Kelley pleaded guilty in 2012 to beating his first wife and assaulting his stepson “with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm,” according to records released by the Air Force. He received a bad-conduct discharge in 2014 after he served a year in the US military near San Diego.

Devin Kelley shot calculatedly at the congregation in the church, aged 18 months to 77 years old and including children, parents, grandparents and a baby in the womb. As of Monday, there were 26 dead and 20 wounded, with 10 of the victims in critical condition.

Annabelle Pomeroy, the 14-year-old daughter of Sherry and Frank Pomeroy, the First Baptist Church’s regular pastor, was found among the dead.

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