New Details of Church Shooter’s Past Emerge

By Bill O’Neil

We’re learning more about what looks to be a very troubled past for the man who opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, killing at least 26 people.

There are reports the gunman escaped from a mental health facility in New Mexico five years before the rampage in South Texas.

The reports show the El Paso Police Department picked up the shooter at a bus station in that city in June of 2012, after learning he had escaped from the facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

The then 21-year old was reportedly committed to the facility after making threats against commanders at Holloman Air Force Base. He was also accused of sneaking guns on to the post.



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