At least 26 people ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old are dead after a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Others 20 were wounded in the shooting. Eight survivors were taken to Brooke Army Medical Center via medical helicopter.
Others were taken to area hospitals. The 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor was one of the killed victims. "We don't know if that number will rise or not, but we know that's too many and this will be a long, suffering mourning for those in pain," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference. The gunman was identified as 26-year-old Devin P. Kelley, who was found dead inside his vehicle after it veered off the road while being pursued by authorities.
Scene of shooting, in Texas
Police found multiple weapons inside the vehicle. Witnesses said Kelley was dressed in all black tactical gear and a ballistic vest and a Department of Public Safety official said he was carrying a Ruger ARb assault-type rifle. The church is located in the 500 block of 4th Street in the small, south Texas town about 40 miles east of San Antonio. The Pentagon has confirmed that Kelley previously served in the Air Force. A spokeswoman for the Air Force, confirmed that Kelly was court-martialed in 2012 on two charges of assaulting his spouse and their child. He was confined for a year, reduced in rank to airman basic E-1 and given a bad conduct discharge in 2014. Local and federal law enforcement swarmed the community and blocked off access to the church. The FBI and the Texas Rangers, as well as agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, are investigating.