Air Force failed to re­port gun­man

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

HOUS­TON — The Air Force failed six times to re­port in­for­ma­tion that could have pre­vented the ex-air­man who killed more than two dozen peo­ple in a Texas church from pur­chas­ing a gun, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment re­port re­leased Fri­day.

The Depart­ment of De­fense in­spec­tor gen­eral’s re­port de­tails Devin Pa­trick Kel­ley’s decade-long his­tory of vi­o­lence, in­ter­est in guns and men­ac­ing of women. That his­tory cul­mi­nated in Kel­ley’s Novem­ber 2017 at­tack on the First Bap­tist Church in Suther­land Springs, the church his wife and mother-in-law at­tended. The dead in­cluded sev­eral chil­dren, a preg­nant woman and a 77-year-old grand­fa­ther.

Kel­ley served al­most five years in the Air Force, dur­ing which he was court­mar­tialed and sen­tenced to one year’s con­fine­ment for as­sault­ing his wife and step­son. He was able to pur­chase four firearms af­ter be­ing dis­charged in 2014, three of which he car­ried into the church.

The Air Force was blamed im­me­di­ately af­ter the shoot­ing for not re­port­ing the as­sault to the FBI.

Devin Pa­trick Kel­ley

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