Multiple Casualties in Texas Church Shooting -- Reloaded Multiple Times
Multiple Casualties in Texas Church Shooting -- Reloaded Multiple Times

PICTURED: Texas church shooter who killed up to 27 people – including a pastor’s 14-year-old daughter – was a married 26-year-old who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force

  • At least 27 people were shot dead by gunman and at least 24 others are being treated for injuries 
  • Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who is reportedly married, has identified by local officials as the shooter
  • Police said he walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire
  • Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was killed after he fled the cops on foot
  • It’s still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by authorities
  • A LinkedIn account reveals Kelley, who was married, was an Air Force veteran and ex-Bible studies teacher
  • One witness told authorities that among those who were shot in the attack was a two-year-old child
  • The church pastor Frank Pomeroy said his ‘beautiful’ daughter Annabelle, 14, was killed in the shooting
  • Another witness said the man, who isn’t from the Sutherland Springs community, was dressed ‘in full gear’
  • The University Health System said their trauma team is caring for nine patients ‘four children and five adults’
  • Police confirmed that the gunman is dead, but it’s unclear if police took him down or if he took his own life  

The mass shooter who opened fire inside a Texas church killing at least 27 – including a two-year-old child – has been identified as a 26-year-old US Air Force veteran and Bible study teacher.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in full combat gear, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy. But it’s still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by authorities.

Devin Patrick Kelley (pictured) walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in full combat gear, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources
Devin Patrick Kelley (pictured) walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in full combat gear, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources

San Antonio police raided Kelley’s home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: ‘She’s a bad b***h.’

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley’s states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said ‘multiple’ victims are being treated.

‘My heart is broken,’ Gamez said. ‘We never think where it can happen, and it does happen. It doesn’t matter where you’re at. In a small community, real quiet and everything, and look at this, what can happen.’

At least 24 others were injured in the horrific shooting, including a six-year-old boy – named only as Rylan – who was shot four times and is currently undergoing emergency surgery in hospital.

It is believed to have been the worst shooting at a place of worship in American history.

Witnesses said a man ‘in full gear’ walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy told ABC that his 14-year-old daughter is among the dead. She ‘was one very beautiful, special child,’ the pastor said. His wife, Sherri Pomeroy, said her husband was out of town at the time of the shooting.

At least 27 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs (pictured)
At least 27 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs (pictured)
The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports
The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports
 Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'. Pictured is the church where the incident took place Sunday morning
Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed that there are ‘multiple casualties and fatalities’. Pictured is the church where the incident took place Sunday morning

Police, ambulances and helicopters swarmed to the scene of the small church 35 miles east of San Antonio. A sheriff’s dispatcher declined to comment on the situation to USA TODAY, saying officials who could provide details were at the scene.

“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act,” Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter. “Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.

According to KSAT 12, an ABC affiliate, witnesses reported that a man walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs around 11:30 a.m. and began shooting. The news station said police have confirmed there are “multiple victims,” but they have not said how many.

The church is located in the 200 block of 4th Street in a town about 40 miles east of San Antonio.

This is the scene of the shooting st the church

A woman wrote on Facebook that she saw the man flee the scene in his vehicle before crashing it not far from her daughter’s house. She said he then ran on foot and was pursued by police.

Gamez said it’s still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by authorities.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

No description of the shooter has been released.

NBC News reports that there are multiple casualties from the shooting and that at least 15 people are injured. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez, Jr. told NBC News the sherrif is reporting multiple fatalities. He said the shooter is “down.”

Some residents fear that the gunman is someone they know becuase their community is so small.

First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted: ‘Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon.’

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement: ‘The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church.’

Police (pictured) could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired
Police (pictured) could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired

‘Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting,’ Paxton said.

Timeline from the AP:

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a church in Texas (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

The wife of the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs says the couple’s 14-year-old daughter was among those killed in a mass shooting at the church.

Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter “and many friends” in the Sunday shooting. The text came in response to an interview request sent by The Associated Press to a phone number linked in online records to Frank Pomeroy.

Sherri Pomeroy says both she and her husband were out of town and trying to get back to Sutherland Springs, outside of San Antonio.

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3:30 p.m.

A law enforcement official says more than 20 people have been killed in a shooting at a church in a small town outside San Antonio.

The official, who was briefed on the investigation, says the gunman fled the church in a vehicle after the shooting and was also killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The official says between 10 to 15 people were also injured but stressed the investigation was early and the figures could change. Authorities are still trying to determine a motive.

Federal law enforcement swarmed the scene to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI’s evidence collection team.

Associated Press writer Sadie Gurman in Washington contributed to this report.

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2:45 p.m.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling a reported shooting at a church in a small town outside San Antonio an “evil act.”

A sheriff says a man entered First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting, leaving multiple people dead and injured.

Abbott tweeted Sunday: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act.” He thanked law enforcement for their response.

The Republican governor has also promised “more details” from the state’s Department of Public Safety soon.

Sutherland Springs is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that his office “stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed.”

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2:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted from Japan that he is monitoring the situation in Texas following a mass shooting at a church.

Trump tweeted: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas.” He added that the FBI is on the scene.

Trump is in Japan as part of a 12-day, five-country Asian trip.

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2:25 p.m.

A spokeswoman say the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sending special agents from field offices in Houston and San Antonio to the site of a church shooting in South Texas.

ATF spokeswoman Mary Markos did not immediately have further details.

A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Authorities say the attacker is dead.

The number of fatalities or injuries hasn’t been confirmed by authorities, but a Wilson County commissioner, Albert Gamez, has told cable news outlets that he was told it was more than 20 killed and 20 wounded, though those figures aren’t confirmed.

One hospital about 10 miles from the shooting says there “multiple” victims with gunshot wounds are being treated.

Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey declined to say how many patients were being treated at the hospital, but said the number was less than a dozen. The hospital is in Floresville, Texas.

2:15 p.m.

A County Commissioner in Texas says he’s been told that more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in an attack at a church, though he says those figures haven’t been confirmed.

Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Authorities say the attacker is dead.

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1:20 p.m.

A sheriff says a man walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and started shooting, leaving multiple people dead.

The Wilson County News reports that Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said the shooter has been taken down. It wasn’t immediately known how many people were killed and wounded or who carried out the attack.

First responders converged on the church in the small town southeast of San Antonio and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.

Sutherland Springs is a community of about 400 people 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.

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1 p.m.

Local news outlets report that several people have been shot at a Baptist Church in South Texas.

Television stations KSAT and KENS report that there are multiple victims and that there is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.

KSAT reports that two Airlife helicopters are also at the scene.

A sheriff’s department dispatcher says everyone is at the scene and unavailable to comment.

KSAT has video of several fire and police vehicles at the church and a photo of a helicopter that the station says was arriving to take victims to hospitals.

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