At Least 26 Killed In Texas Church Attack
A gunman, on Sunday, opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, United States of America, and killed at least 26 people, officials say.
According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, “There are 26 lives that have been lost.” the governor said at a news conference.
He continued: “We don’t know if that number will rise or not, all we know is that’s too many, and this will be a long, suffering mourning for those in pain. We ask for God’s comfort, for God’s guidance and for God’s healing for all those who are suffering. As governor, I ask for every mom and dad at home tonight, that you put your arm around your kid and give your kid a big hug and let them know how much you love them knowing that we support each other.”
The gunman entered the small church in the rural town east of San Antonio, firing with an assault weapon at the congregation attending the morning service.
The suspect was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
A man who lives next to the church grabbed his own rifle and engaged the gunman, said Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church,” Martin said.
The man then chased the gunman, Martin said.
When police spotted the suspect’s vehicle a short time later at the county line, they found the gunman inside — dead of a bullet wound.
“At this time, we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident,” Martin said.