Here at XMC, once again it seems as if our hearts can’t catch a break from the consistent acts of violence that plague the nations. Tonight we are deep in prayer with countless of others during this tragedy of the Texas Shooting.
As of the time of this writing;
- What happened: A gunman opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, around 11:30 a.m. ET.
- The victims: At least 26 people were killed, officials say.
- The suspect: The shooter was killed after a brief chase.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A gunman wearing all black and a ballistic vest opened fire with a rifle outside a small Baptist church in rural Texas and continued firing inside the building on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and turning a tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s most recent mass horror.
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas confirmed the death toll, which has steadily increased throughout the day after the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. A pregnant woman and children were among the dead.
The authorities said at least 20 people were also injured. Among those killed, 23 people died inside the church, two outside the building and one person died after being transported to a hospital. The ages of the wounded and dead ranged from 5 to 72, the authorities said.
Two law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation, identified the gunman as Devin P. Kelley, 26.