A woman and her children take part in a vigil for victims of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, US., November 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed
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The gunman who opened fire in a small Texas church, killing 26 people during worship services, sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack, which appeared to stem from a domestic situation, authorities said Monday.The sheriff said the shooter's former in-laws sometimes attended services at the church but were not there Sunday. Martin said the messages were sent to the gunman's mother-in-law, who attended the church. Once the shooting started at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, there was probably "no way" for congregants to escape, Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said.The attack claimed multiple members of some families and tore apart the close-knit town of 400 people.Authorities said Kelley lived in New Braunfels, about 56 kilometers north of the church.After serving in the Air Force, Kelley received a bad conduct discharge for assaulting his wife and child and was sentenced to 12 months of confinement after a 2012 court-martial.The man who confronted Kelley had help from another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff, who told KSAT-TV that he was driving past the church as the shooting happened.Langendorff said the gunman eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. He said the other man walked up to the vehicle with his gun drawn and the suspect did not move.
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