It was reported this afternoon that a shooting took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The shooter has been identified as Devin Kelley.
According to the New York Times, "A gunman walked into a small Baptist church in rural Texas on Sunday and opened fire with a rifle, 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."
So far, several victims have been identified. One was the 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor. Another was a 2-year-old. At least 27 have been reported dead. The age of those killed ranges from 2 years old to 72. It has been described as the deadliest church shooting in modern American history.
The gunmen reportedly fled in a vehicle after killing these people. Cops chased him down, and by the end of the chase he was found dead. It is still unclear whether he was killed by police or if he turned the gun on himself. Authorities are searching for video and other evidence that might provide more clues on what happened.
State, federal, and local law enforcement are on the ground, and they claim that there are currently no serious threats posed by the gunmen or to the church.
The church regularly posts videos of their services, where they talk about a variety of topics ranging from Jesus to riding motorcycles. You can watch an entire service from this church at the video below, which was recorded last Sunday.
"Hours after the shooting, the one-story rectangular church remained sealed off, with yellow tape posted along the church grounds," writes the NYT. "Reporters poured into Sutherland Springs throughout the day as the tragedy transformed the once-obscure Texas farming community into the scene of the latest mass killing."
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