- The gunman behind the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, reportedly killed his wife’s grandmother in the massacre. Lula Woicinski White, Devin Patrick Kelley’s grandmother-in-law, was reportedly among the 26 people killed in Sunday’s shooting.
Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman behind the deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killed his wife’s grandmother in the massacre, a relative confirmed to The New York Daily News.
Lula Woicinski White, Kelley’s grandmother-in-law, was reportedly among the 26 people killed in Sunday’s shooting.
“My sister was a wonderful, caring person – a God-loving person,” Mary Mishler Clyburn told the Daily News. “She loved the people in her church. They were all her best friends.”
Authorities confirmed Monday that Kelley had a personal connection to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, the site of the shooting.
“The suspect’s mother-in-law attended this church,” Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference Monday. Kelley’s mother-in-law is Michelle Shields, White’s daughter.
Martin confirmed that Shields had received “threatening text messages” from Kelley.
“There was a domestic situation going on within this family,” Martin said, noting that he released the information to clarify that the shooting was not racially or religiously motivated.
Kelley married Danielle Lee Shields in Texas in 2014, according to The New York Times.
Kelley was previously married to a woman whom he lived with at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where he was serving in the military. While married to his first wife, Kelley was charged with “assault on his spouse and assault on their child,” an Air Force spokesperson confirmed to The Times.
He was sentenced to confinement for 12 months and discharged from the military.