FBI and local officials identify shooter but say they will no longer refer to him by name – ‘so it doesn’t encourage other people to do horrific acts like this’

In a Monday media briefing less than 24 hours after a gunman killed 26 worshippers and wounded 20 others at a small Baptist church in rural Texas, authorities provided their first detailed account of the killer’s motives and methods and formally identified him.

But in an evening update, as information continued to emerge about Devin Kelley’s tactics and his name and pictures proliferated as reporters dug into his background, officials said they would no longer refer to the 26-year-old by name.

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