At least 26 Killed in Mass Shooting at Texas Church

At least 26 people have been killed, and 30 people have been injured during a mass-shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas.

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs

According to local authorities, Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and began firing on the crowd, killing at least 27 and wounding multiple others.

Kelley, 26, was a resident of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio. A LinkedIn account appearing to belong to Kelley describes him as serving in the U.S. Air Force from his 2009 high-school graduation until 2013. CBS News is reporting Kelley is a former member of the Air Force who received a dishonorable discharge following a 2014 court martial.

Kelley, who was dressed completely in black, entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, approximately 30 miles from San Antonio, around 11:30 a.m.. He then started firing a Ruger semi-automatic weapon into the packed congregation of about 50.

An armed local citizen engaged the shooter as he was leaving the church, causing the gunman to drop his rifle and flee from the scene.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Freeman Martintold reporters that when the gunman left the church a local citizen grabbed his own rifle and returned fire as the suspect fled in a car. The citizen pursued the suspect, who drove off the road and crashed his car.

The shooter was found dead in his vehicle in neighboring Guadalupe County, according to Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told the Wilson County News that the shooter had been “taken down,” but it’s not known how the gunman died.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Freeman Martintold reporters that when the gunman left the church a local citizen grabbed his own rifle and returned fire as the suspect fled in a car. The citizen pursued the suspect, who drove off the road and crashed his car.

Another local, Johnnie Langendorf, passed by the scene of the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting. He picked up the neighbor who exchanged gunfire with the shooter and they both chased him down in his truck.

Donald Trump sent his condolences to the Sutherland Springs community from Japan where he is on a state visit.

He said: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene.

3 Comments

  1. Blackbeard
    November 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    They seem to be leaving out the fact that he was DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED from the AF. Should not have been able to even buy a gun.

  2. THANKFULFORGOODSAMARITIANS
    November 7, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Thankfully he’s dead- no long trial – no long incarceration where we take care of him.

  3. GIVE THEMTHEBULLETSOVERTHERE
    November 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    REAL NICE! NOW THE ARMY WANTS TO LET IN EVERY CRAZY BASTARD IN AMERICA JUST TO FILL IT’S ENLISTMENT QUOTA- CHECK OUT THE FOX NEWS STORY! MAYBE THEY JUST WANT TO GET RID OF THEM ALL- SEND THEM OUT TO WAR IF THEY WANT TO SHOOT PEOPLE AND WE DON’T CARE IF YOU EVER GET BACK- THAT’S FER DAMN SURE!

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