26 Killed In Shooting At Texas Church, Sheriff Confirms

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. (CBS News) – Twenty-six people were killed and in a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, the governor of Texas said in a news conference Sunday evening.

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Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

The shooting victims range in age from 5 to 72, investigators said.

More than 20 others were hurt in the shooting CNN reports.

 

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People gather near First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

A man who lives next to the church grabbed his own rifle and engaged the gunman, said Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church,” Martin said.

When police spotted the suspect’s vehicle a short time later at the county line, they found the gunman inside — dead of a bullet wound.

It is unclear if the shooter was killed by the neighbor or took his own life, Murphy said.

Investigators said the gunman was wearing a ballistic vest and had numerous weapons in the vehicle.

The suspect has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26.

Kelley formerly served in U.S. Air Force but was court martialed in 2014 and received a dishonorable discharge, CBS News reported.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told The Wilson County News that there have been ‘multiple casualties and fatalities’ including young children.

CBS News reported that four children in one family were shot. A 5-year-old boy was shot four times and was in surgery Sunday afternoon, according to CBS reporter David Begnaud.

A 7-year-old girl was also in surgery, Begnaud reported. The condition of the other two siblings wasn’t clear.

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Law enforcement and forensic officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas.(credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

The 14-year-old daughter of a pastor was killed in the shooting, CBS confirmed.

The pastor’s wife says she and her husband were out of town but confirmed their daughter is among the dead, the Associated Press reported.

Sutherland Springs is about 30 miles east of San Antonio.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center told CBS News it received multiple victims related to the shooting.

University Hospital in San Antonio is treating eight patients from the church shooting, spokesperson Leni Kirkman told CNN.

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Police block a road in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, after a mass shooting a church nearby.
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Dana Fletcher, a business owner in the area, told CBS News she saw a “ton” of sheriff’s vehicles and ambulances racing down the road.

She said she doesn’t know what happened but said there was heavy police presence and people being airlifted from the scene.

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Police block a road in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017, after a mass shooting a church nearby.
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President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting from Japan.

“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,” Trump stated.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted his condolences to those affected in the incident.

The FBI and ATF are investigating, officials said.

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Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (credit: by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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