Texas church shooting: Air Force error, anger at in-laws preceded attack

A law enforcement official changes a flag to half-staff in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photo: Eric Gay / AP

Devin P. Kelley — who shot 46 people, 26 of them fatally, in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church on Sunday — should not have been able to legally buy a gun after being convicted of domestic violence against his wife and infant daughter, but the Air Force never entered his name into a federal database.

Tuesday, a NYT report revealed that Kelley was placed in a psychiatric facility while he served in the Air Force after being charged in a military court for repeatedly assaulting his wife and baby stepson. Kelley escaped the facility in 2012 and was taken back into police custody.