The Air Force has come out stating they failed to submit Devin Patrick Kelley’s, 26, criminal history which gave him the ability to purchase firearms.
Kelley was able to pass all background checks for his legally purchased Ruger AR-556 rifle and several other handguns.
Kelley used the rifle to commit his massacre on the Sutherland Springs church, firing at least 450 rounds on the congregation during their Sunday service.
He served at the Holloman Air Force Base, in New Mexico, from 2010-14. Kelley worked for ‘logistics readiness’ at the base. In 2012 he was court-martialed for assaulting his spouse and stepson, whom had a fractured skull after the beating.
Via the Daily Mail: He was confined for a year at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California as punishment, before being released from the military with a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
But the Air Force has now ordered a ‘comprehensive review’ into why Kelley’s charges were not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database to ensure no other criminals have been missed.
The Air Force released a statement: ‘Initial information indicates that Kelley’s domestic violence offense was not entered into the National Criminal Information Center database by the Holloman Air Force Base Office of Special Investigations.
‘The Air Force has also requested that the Department of Defense Inspector General review records and procedures across the Department of Defense.’
Sunday’s shooting has been described as Texas’ worst mass shooting ever.
The department store Kelley purchase the guns at, Academy Sports + Outdoors, released a statement to the DailyMail.com on Monday:
‘Based on information we received from law enforcement, we confirmed that the suspect purchased two firearms from two San Antonio locations, one in 2016 and one in 2017.
‘We also confirmed that both sales were approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). We are cooperating with law enforcement as they investigate further,’ the statement read.
The NYT additionally reports:
The gunman who killed 26 people in a rural Texas church on Sunday escaped from a psychiatric hospital while he was in the Air Force, after making death threats against his superiors and trying to smuggle weapons onto the base where he was stationed, a 2012 police report shows.
Police took the man, Devin P. Kelley, into custody at a bus station in downtown El Paso, where he apparently planned to flee on a bus after escaping from Peak Behavioral Health Services, a hospital a few miles away in Santa Teresa, N.M. He was sent there after being charged in a military court with assaulting his wife and baby stepson, charges he later pleaded guilty to.
The report filed by the El Paso officers says that the person who reported Mr. Kelley missing from the hospital advised them that he “suffered from mental disorders,” and that he “was attempting to carry out death threats” against “his military chain of command.” The man “was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms onto Holloman Air Force Base,” it added. The police report was published on Tuesday by KPRC, a Houston television station.
Later that year, Mr. Kelley pleaded guilty in a military court to repeated assaults on his wife and her son, a toddler, including one that left the boy with a fractured skull. He was sentenced to a year in a Navy prison.