Breaking News!!: Sutherland Springs, TX: Deadly Shooting at a First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
An armor-clad gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, November 5th, 2017.
Authorities said at 11:20am CT, a gunman dressed in all black was spotted at a Valero gas station across from the street of church, drove across the street, exited his vehicle and opened fire on the church.
The gunman, who was also wearing a ballistic vest, then went to the right of the building and continued firing his weapon.
The gunman then went inside the church and continued shooting at the people inside.
Authorities said as the gunman was leaving the church, a citizen grabbed his own weapon and engaged the suspect, who fled the scene.
As police were responding to the shooting, the suspect lost control of his vehicle, crashed and was found dead inside.
Authorities said it was unclear if the shooter died of a self-inflicted wound or during the confrontation with the citizen.
Multiple victims, ranging in ages from 18 months to 77 years old, were among the dead and over 20 people injured during the deadly shooting.
Law enforcement officials say the gunman is dead and is identified as 26 year old Devin Patrick Kelley from Comal County.
The United States Air Force has confirmed that the gunman in the deadly shooting was previously a United States Air Force member, from 2010 until his discharge.
The gunman was court-martialed in 2012 for assault on his spouse and their child and received a “Bad Conduct Discharge.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement in the wake of the deadly shooting saying, “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church. My office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed. Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued a statement on the deadly shooting saying, “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.”
United States of America President Donald Trump 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.”
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