Texas church shooting leaves at least 26 dead

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A gunman dressed in black tactical gear massacred at least 26 worshipers and wounded 20 others at a white-steepled church in Texas on Sunday, carrying out the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States.

The lone suspect, also wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a Ruger assault rifle, fired into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and kept shooting after he went inside. Sutherland Springs is in Wilson County, about 40 miles (65 km) east of San Antonio.

The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, law enforcement officials told a news conference. Among the dead was the 14-year-old daughter of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, the family told several television stations.

After the shooting, the gunman, described as a white man in his 20s, was fired on by a local resident with a rifle. The suspect dropped his assault weapon, and fled in his vehicle, said Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Soon afterward, the suspect crashed his vehicle near the border of neighboring Guadalupe County and was found dead inside with a cache of weapons.

It was not immediately clear if the suspect killed himself or was hit when the resident fired at him outside the church, authorities said.

“We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at the news conference. “The tragedy of course is worsened by the fact that it occurred in a church, a place of worship where these people were innocently gunned down.”

The suspect’s identity was not disclosed by authorities, but law enforcement officials who asked not to be named said he was Devin Patrick Kelley, described as a white, 26-year-old man, the New York Times and other media reported.

“We don’t think he had any connection to this church,” Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN. “We have no motive.”

This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship,” the president said. “Through the tears and through the sadness we stand strong, oh so strong.”

According to the witnesses, about 20 shots rang out at 11:30 a.m. (1730 GMT) during the church services, according to media reports. It was unclear how many worshipers were inside at the time.

Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville received eight patients, the hospital said in a statement, while Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston received another eight.

At Connally, three people were treated and released, one is in critical condition and four were transferred to the University Hospital in San Antonio for a higher level of care.(Reuters)

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  • BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 06 November 2017 09:03 AM

    When an white extremist President such as Trump is in place, such activities is not surprising.

    Premalal Monday, 06 November 2017 12:05 PM

    The Americans have been killing each other long before Trump was born. So please stop displaying your ignorance in public.

    Dhammika Monday, 06 November 2017 09:05 AM

    What is happening to this World ? .

    Premalal Monday, 06 November 2017 12:03 PM

    According to western scientists we are just an accident of random chemical reactions and have no purpose or goal ii life and there are no moral absolutes. So anything goes.

    Premadasa Monday, 06 November 2017 09:10 AM

    Wherever whites or blacks live there are random killings,I wonder whether they are biologically different from the rest of the humanity.

    tarzan Monday, 06 November 2017 09:11 AM

    if the shooter is a muslim , then only terorist ?

    ceylon Monday, 06 November 2017 09:12 AM

    rifles are not for self defence.its for war.when people have easy access for these weaponscrimes increase.no reason to be surprise. via DM Android App

    sam Monday, 06 November 2017 09:23 AM

    Too many guns. Too many deaths.

    John Monday, 06 November 2017 09:44 AM

    Get ready the crocodile tears from those who support unrestricted gun ownership.

    Snowy Monday, 06 November 2017 09:58 AM

    Texas, the state where the most number of people are murdered legally.

    Sri Lankan Monday, 06 November 2017 10:32 AM

    Very Sad indeed, hope the victims did not suffer, what goes around comes around, this is America's high time reconsider their foreign policies.

    kaboos Monday, 06 November 2017 11:06 AM

    America should seek Sri Lankas assistance to eliminate terrorism

    Sarwan Monday, 06 November 2017 05:58 PM

    And carry out Genocide as SL did to Tamils

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 06 November 2017 11:21 AM

    Hope americans can understand gravity of mass killing? May bereaved people R.I.P.

    varuandhar Monday, 06 November 2017 11:46 AM

    US is not addressing the real reason behind these mass shootings. You need to ban guns. When people are free to purchase weapons OTC incidents of this nature are unavoidable....


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