TOPSHOT - Heather Cooper, 8, leaves after placing her favorite doll on a row of crosses for each victim, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 6, 2017. AFP / Mark RALSTON
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A family dispute may have sparked the rampage by a U.S. Air Force veteran who killed 26 people with an assault rifle in a small-town church even though he was legally prohibited from buying guns, officials said Monday.Ten people remained in critical condition a day after Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old private security guard, burst into the rural Baptist church during Sunday morning services and sprayed bullets at the congregation.The Pentagon said it would probe why the Air Force failed to enter a domestic violence conviction into a database that could have prohibited Kelley from purchasing weapons, such as the AR-15 rifle and two handguns he had in his possession.Two men -- Stephen Willeford, 55, and Johnnie Langendorff, 27 -- were lauded as heroes for confronting Kelley after he mowed down nearly 50 churchgoers with gunfire.Willeford grabbed his own AR-15 rifle and shot and wounded Kelley as he emerged from the church and headed for his car.Langendorff said he and Willeford pursued Kelley for about 10 to 12 minutes at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour.
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