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Texas Gunman Had A History Of Disturbing Behaviour

The gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church shooting had a history of disturbing behaviour.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his then-wife and child, confined for 12 months and then dishonourably discharged in 2014, according to the Air Force.

A former girlfriend, Brittany Adcock, said they dated for about four months when he was 18 and she was 13 nearly a decade ago, and that he harassed her long after that, including as recently as six months ago.

At one point, she said she called police to file a complaint, and changed her phone number.

On Sunday, Kelley walked into First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where his in-laws sometimes worshipped, fired an assault weapon and fled when a local resident shot at him. He was later found dead.

Kelley served in the Air Force starting in 2010 and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

He divorced his first wife in New Mexico in 2012 and married Danielle Shields in Texas in 2014, soon after his discharge.

Texas officials said there had been a "domestic situation" involving his in-laws and Kelley sent "threatening" text messages.

In Colorado Springs Kelley was cited for cruelty to animals, according to records.

Former schoolmates of Kelley said he had some unspecified mental health problems, an assertion that was echoed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who told CBS on Monday that Kelley was a "powder keg".

Kelley frequently shared posts on Facebook about atheism and his assault rifle, according to schoolmate Reid Mosis.

"I know his parents had him on heavy doses of meds in middle school," Mosis said. "A lot of friends that knew him said he was too sick in the head to deal with by senior year of high school."

AAP

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