Police officials have stated that the gunman who attacked a church in South Texas on Sunday made his move after an argument with his mother-in-law. They mentioned that the Kelley was in possession of three weapons when he arrived at the church.
The attack, which took place in a small church located just outside San Antonio, was deemed to be the worst mass shooting in the state in the recent times. Kelley attacked during the Sunday service, and massacred 26 people, most of whom were children attending mass.
Sources state that Kelley fled the scene after he was injured by a shot made by an armed bystander. Officials have released information stating the attacker made a final phone call to his father. The call appears to be a goodbye, since Kelley stated he did not think he would survive.
Kelley was found with three weapons, none of which were authorized by a legal permit. The guns included a semi- automatic rifle and two pistols. Reports state that the rifle was the weapon he chose to conduct his butchering spree.
Speaking of Kelley’s persona, Regional Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that Kelley appeared to have succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials believe that Kelley shot himself after being injured in the scuffle with the armed bystander.
The Director did not seem to believe that the attack had any specific motivation. He stated that it was not “racially motivated” nor did it occur over “religious beliefs”.
However, sources believe that Kelley was in an uncomfortable situation with his in-laws. Officials discovered that Kelley had sent many threatening texts to his mother-in-law.
It would appear then, that Kelley staged the attack to take revenge on his mother-in-law, who attends the church in question.
In a rather twisted turn of events, Kelley’s prime target, his mother-in-law, was not present in church during the shooting.