UPDATE: Now 26 Dead and 20 Wounded
The shooter has been apparently identified as Christopher Kelly and was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force.
He was shot while fleeing the scene of the shooting.
At approximately 11:20 the suspect was scene at a Valero gas station wearing all black. Shortly after, he entered the church and started firing. As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and wrestled it away from him, causing him to flee on foot. The individual then gave chase. Police don’t know if the resident shot him, or if he shot himself. His car crashed, and when police found it he had died after sustaining a gunshot wound.
Total dead is 26 and another 20 people have sustained injuries ranging from minor to severe. Ages of victims range from 5 years old to 72 years of age.
The investigation will take “a significant length of time.” Multiple crime scenes are being processed still. There were people in the church who escaped, police said. Some of the victims were outside the church when they were shot.
Authorities won’t release the shooter’s name or confirm whether he was known in the community, though he has already been identified in the media as Devin Patrick Kelley. The first calls police received about the incident occurred after the suspect began firing.
UPDATE: Death Toll Now ‘Up to 24 Dead’
Wilson County, Texas Commissioner Albert Gamez, Jr reports “up to 24 dead” in the church shooting in Sutherland Springs
Update: Several People Have Been Killed
The Associated Press has reported that there have been several people killed. One of the people shot includes a 2 year old.
Family and friends in tears and in prayer, waiting to see if their loved ones are safe.
Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S
— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
Was this yet another Democrat/Berniebot/Antifa? We will see as more information comes in:
A witness reported seeing a man walk into First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:30 a.m.
Police said there are “multiple victims” at the church, but have not said how many.
The church is located in the 500 block of 4th Street in the small, south Texas town about 40 miles east of San Antonio.