The Sutherland Springs Massacre: The Fight for the Soul of a Nation Continues
America mourns again.
FoxNews.com reports that
At least 26 people were killed and 20 wounded in Texas after a gunman dressed in tactical gear opened fire at a church outside San Antonio on Sunday, investigators confirmed.
Multiple sources speaking to Fox News identified the gunman as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley. The mass shooting unfolded around 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, which is about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.
Investigators said at a news conference Sunday evening that the victims ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. One official said about 20 people were hospitalized with injuries ranging from minor to “very severe.”
Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (KSAT via AP)
Sunday’s massacre is the deadliest church shooting in modern U.S. history. It is also, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
A possible motive was unclear. Kelley lived in a suburb of San Antonio and didn’t appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The official said investigators were looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before Sunday’s attack, including one that appeared to show a semiautomatic weapon.
A spokesperson with the U.S. Air Force confirmed to Fox News that Kelley served in the military branch at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until a “bad conduct” discharge.
He was also court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his wife and child.
“It is horrible,” Wilson County Commissioner Larry Wiley told Fox News of the massacre. “It appears someone walked in and started shooting.”
Around 11:20 a.m., Kelley arrived at a Valero gas station across from the First Baptist Church dressed in black tactical gear and a ballistic vest. He crossed the street and started firing a Ruger AR rifle at the church, officials said. He entered the building and kept shooting.
He was confronted by an armed nearby resident who chased after him. Kelley was later found dead, roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County, according to Wiley. It’s unclear whether Kelley was killed by police or the armed resident, or from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We have accepted a multiple number of patients from the shooting,” Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, 15 miles from the church, told Fox News.
Law enforcement officials stand next to a covered body at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Some victims were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, KSAT reported.
Officials said 23 people were found deceased in First Baptist Church, while two were found dead outside. One person who was transported to a hospital later died.
One of those killed was 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy, the church pastor’s daughter.
The FBI is investigating the shooting, in addition to multiple other agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The San Antonio Express-News reported police were checking the gunman’s home for explosives following the shooting.
The church’s layout would’ve made it difficult for churchgoers to flee a shooter who came through the front door, according to a congregant attending a vigil at the church Sunday night.
The church was described as having only small exits on the side and in the back, according to Hunter Green. He said if a gunman came through the front door, people “wouldn’t have had anywhere to go.”
Neighbors of Kelley’s told The Associated Press they heard gunfire coming from his direction in recent days.
“It’s really loud,” 16-year-old Ryan Albers said. “It was someone using automatic weapon fire.”
Another neighbor, who argued hearing gunfire in the area is not uncommon, said they had heard gunfire coming from across the street, but couldn’t be sure if it was from Kelley’s property.
Attorney General Paxton told Fox News that “people never think” a shooting like this can “happen in their communities.”
“In a small town … I can imagine that these people are devastated. And everyone in the community is going to … have some type of close relationship” to those either killed or injured at the First Baptist Church. He added it’s “hard to justify why anyone would do this.”
“This is horrific for our tiny little tight-knit town,” Alena Berlanga, who lives 10 minutes outside of Sutherland Springs told The Associated Press. “Everybody’s going to be affected and everybody knows someone who’s affected.”
President Trump, speaking from Tokyo during his trip to Asia, called the shooting an “act of evil,” and added: “Through the tears and through the sadness, we stand strong.”
Earlier, he tweeted: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
Gov. Abbott said in a statement that “While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act.”
“I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss,” the statement read.
Sutherland Springs has a population of about 400 residents.
Sunday’s shooting comes just over a month after 58 people were killed and hundreds injured on Oct. 1 after a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas.
There are several reports out that this psycho was an Antifa Member.
Whatever he was, he was most certainly psychotic.
No one in their right mind would mercilessly walk into a church and gun down innocent men, women, and children while they are praying,
A book titled “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skousen contains a list of 45 goals for a “Communist Takeover of America”. Goal #42 reads thusly…
Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.
As I have previously written, it is the height of irony and an extreme lack of self-awareness, that the members of Antifa consider themselves to be anti-fascist, when their actions themselves are clearly Fascist in nature.
Knowing these facts, and realizing that the Far Left Members of the Democratic Party, such as Antifa, may very well be nothing by a bunch of propagandized American Communists, one has to ask…
Are the Powers of Darkness winning?
For example. if you look at Horror Movies nowadays, all of them seem to seek to glorify the Powers of Darkness….and they seem to be very popular with young Americans.
Why is the Occult, including Satan and his Demons so fascinating to impressionable Americans?
People who take the existence of Satan lightly, eventually wind up in some sort of trouble, and those who worship Satan wind up in even greater trouble.
Back in the 1960s, the late, beautiful actress Jayne Mansfield posed for a series of publicity pictures with the Head Priest of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey. The pictures showing her with LaVey, included several shots of taking their version of Communion, simulating drinking blood from a goblet, offered by the priest. She even wore a pink and black medallion of Satan and the goat-headed Baphomet to the 1966 San Francisco Film Festival. Later, the beautiful actress died in a freak car accident in which she was decapitated.
Now, far be it from me to link one to the other. That is up for you to decide for yourself.
Is all this upheaval our nation is currently facing, caused by the Democrats, the Propaganda Arm, the MSM, and their young minions, due to some sort of Satanic Influence attempting to tip the scales in the fight between Good and Evil, across our land?
The reason that our nation is facing the difficulties we are is the belief by those who proclaim themselves to be the “smartest people in the room”, that they are above the old-fashioned, passe notions of morality and ethics, good and evil, and the Sovereignty of God.
And, therefore, they are of the same mind-set as the Third Reich from so long ago.
They have made a grave mistake.
Evil exists and these fools opened the door to Satan in our society a long time ago.
When the cost of a careless society comes due, such as it did on Sunday, what are they going to say?
The Devil made me do it?
So, please allow me to leave you with this final thought:
If that wonderful little church in Texas had what churches, such as the one I attend, call a “Safe Team”, and had any of those members been practicing “concealed carry”, over half of those precious Christian Americans, including a two year old and the pastor’s 14-year old daughter, would not be in the arms of our Savior today.
They would still be with their families.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12
Until He Comes,