SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The widow of the man suspected of killing more than two dozen worshipers at a church in South Texas said Dick's Sporting Goods refused to sell him the gun before he bought it from Academy Sports and Outdoors.
Danielle Kelley said in an April 5 statement that in December 2015, she and her then husband Devin Kelley went to Dick's Sportsing Products in New Braunfels, Texas.
"That day, Devin went to the gun bench to buy a Ruger assault rifle he had wanted for a while," Kelley said.
After looking over multiple weapons, "he completed the purchase papers there and the boss came away and refused to sell him the gun because of an ID problem," she said.
Her husband had only one Colorado driver's license – not a Texas ID.
They never came back to Dick's, she said. Instead, they went to Academy Sports and Outdoors in Selma in April 2016.
“There he bought a Ruger AR 556; that day he also bought a magazine and ammunition. It was a quick and easy transaction, "she said.
About once a month he would return to that store and buy more magazines and more ammunition boxes, she said.
The offer was a deposit for a lawsuit for the families of they killed and injured in the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs November 5, 2017.
Families are also suing the US government, saying the US Air Force failed to report information that could have prevented Kelley from to buy a gun.
The Department of Defense Inspector's report detailed Kelley's ten-year history of violence, interest in guns and threats end behavior towards women. Kelley, who served nearly five years in the Air Force, was sentenced to court and sentenced to one year in prison for assaulting his wife and stepson.
In her statement, Kelley said her husband did not disclose his criminal background to her.
"If there was something I could have done or intervened to prevent the shooting, I would have done it," she said.
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