Nov 9, 2017
* Below are elements of the official story as I know them, not necessarily what I believe.
The massacre inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Texas was caught on camera. For seven minutes, a man wearing all black body armor, a protective helmet and possibly a grim reaper mask moved from aisle to aisle shooting churchgoers and their children execution style, in the head. When he left, 25 of the 50 or so member congregation were dead and 21 more victims were wounded, 1 of which would later die in the hospital. I say possibly wearing a grim reaper mask because there has been some inconsistencies in the reporting on this. That man who investigators say is responsible for the worst mass shooting in Texas history is twenty-six year old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former Air Force member who court-martialed in 2012 for beating his wife and cracking his 2-year old step-son's skull.
Prior to his court martial, according to the El Paso Police Department, Kelley had escaped from Peak Behavioral Health systems in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Kelley had been committed after having been caught sneaking firearms onto the Air Force base in what authorities believe was an attempt to carry out death threats he had previously made towards his chain of command. The following year, in 2013, he was investigated for sexual assault. In 2014, he plead guilty to a cruelty to animal charge after being accused of repeatedly punching a dog in the face. And in the months approaching the shooting, he preached atheism on Facebook and mocked those who believed in religion. Oh, and it was initially reported that he once taught 4 to 6 year old children bible studies. So there's your suspect in a nutshell. I'm sure I'm leaving a few things out.
Investigators have suggested that the shooter's motive was related to a domestic issue, and that his mother-in-law, who often attended the church, might have been the target. She was not present on that day however. This raises questions. If he was after his mother-in-law, why was he in full SWAT gear? Why did he need an assault rifle capable of holding more than 400 rounds of ammunition? Why did he need multiple extra weapons which were found inside his vehicle? Why wouldn't he just go after her? While his mother-in-law may have been one of his targets, it's hard to believe the simple domestic related motives that have been suggested.
Upon leaving the church, the suspect was met with gunfire from a local who is being hailed a hero. Stephen Willeford was in relaxing in his home a few blocks away when his daughter alerted him to the gunfire. Willeford, a former NRA instructor, grabbed his rifle, a few magazines and was out the door before even putting his shoes on. (Reminiscent of John McClane in the original Die Hard movie)
Taking cover behind a neighbors truck, Willeford exchanges gunfire with Kelley from across the street. Kelley is shot twice. (Willeford was aiming for the gaps in the body armor). Kelley then drops his rifle, flees to his SUV and speeds off. I don't know how long this gunfight lasted. The likely assumption is that it was brief, just not sure how brief. After Kelley speeds away, Willeford notices a truck sitting in the intersection. He approaches the truck and enlists the help of the driver, Johnnie Langendorff, the other hero of the story. Willeford hops in Langendorff's truck and the two good samaritans race after the suspect at speeds reaching 95 mph.
During the chase, Langerdorff spoke with police as he drove and Willeford fired at the suspect's SUV, shattering its back window. After about a 11 mile chase, Kelley's vehicle hits a road sign, speeds up and then overturns in a ditch nearby. The two locals then pull up to the scene. Willeford exits the truck with his rifle and calls for the suspect to get out of the overturned vehicle. There is no response. Willeford keeps his gun fixed on the overturned SUV until police arrive. Authorities later allege that prior to driving into the ditch, the shooter called his father and told him that he wasn't going to survive his injuries. Then he shot himself in the head.
This is quite a story, one that raises many questions. We address these questions and talk about the agenda items the Texas church mass shooting will serve in episode 76 of the Propaganda Report Podcast. Links and videos that we discuss are below.
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