Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who opened fire and killed at least 26 people at a church in Texas during a Sunday service, posted a chilling photo on Facebook before his merciless attack.
Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs with a semiautomatic rifle and left at least 26 people between the ages of five and 72 dead, with more wounded.
The killer was reportedly killed by two other local armed men who engaged gunfire with him before chasing him in their car.
Despite all the deaths involving guns, Donald Trump maintained the mass shooting is ‘not a guns situation’.
Law enforcement have not confirmed it was the same weapon used in the mass shooting, but it is a worrying sign of what was to come.
Kelley was reportedly wearing full body armour and a ballistic vest.
Neighbours of an address listed to be Kelley’s said that they heard intense gunfire from the direction of his house in the last few days, according to the Independent.
Ryan Alberts, 16, said:
It’s really loud. At first I thought someone was blasting.
It was someone using automatic weapon fire.
Posting on Facebook, Kelley uploaded a photo of a semiautomatic rifle with the caption ‘she’s a bad b**ch’.
The two men who faced the shooter are local plumber Stephen Willeford, 55, and Johnnie Langendorff.
Willeford, a neighbour of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and a keen biker, ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect’.
Willeford, who has no military experience, was described by a local as ‘an excellent shot’ and when he came face to face with Kelley, he shot in between his body armor without hesitation.
Langendorff was driving home when he changed course to the scene of the shooting where Willeford quickly briefed him and they went in pursuit of Kelley’s vehicle.
Langendorff reported driving at 95mph while on the phone to dispatch while Willeford kept his rifle trained on the gunman’s car.
In a Facebook post, Langendorff’s girlfriend Summer Caddell wrote:
As many have already heard but where I live in Sutherland Springs there was a mass shooting at the local church this morning.
My boyfriend Johnnie Langendorff was on his way home to me as all of the shooting was happening.
He made a heroic move as this was going Down, him and the neighbor that returned fire jumped in my boyfriend’s truck and they chased that sick b***ard down in pursuit until the cops could catch up.
He was able to run the shooter off of the road on 539!
Johnnie is safe as the shooter was shot dead within feet from him!
The US Airforce said that Kelley was a former serviceman who served in Mexico in 2010 before being dishonourably discharged two years later.
Spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Mr Kelley was court-martialled on one count of assaulting his wife and another count of assault on their child, CNN reported.
The attack was the worst mass shooting in the modern history of Texas and the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history. But just to re-iterate, it’s ‘not a guns situation’, according to Trump.
Our thoughts are with those involved.