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Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting: what we know

At least 26 people were killed in a shooting at the First Baptist Church on Sunday morning.

The site of a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5.
The site of a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5.
KSAT via the Associated Press

At least 26 people were killed at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, law enforcement confirmed. The shooter is also dead following a brief chase.

“As a state, we are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Here’s what we know — and don’t.

What we know

  • The shooting reportedly occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, around 11:20 am local time, law enforcement said.
  • At least 26 people were killed, although it’s not clear if that number will rise, Abbott said at a press conference. Approximately 20 others were injured.
  • The shooter is dead following a car pursuit by a local resident. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN that the gunman shot himself after the resident hit him.
  • The dead victims’ ages range from 18 months to 77 years old, a Texas Department of Safety official said.
  • First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy’s 14-year-old daughter and all of his family’s close friends were killed in the attack, Pomeroy told Houston-based ABC13.
  • The shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, law enforcement officials told CBS and NBC News.
  • Kelley was previously in the Air Force, but he was court martialed and received a bad-conduct discharge for allegedly assaulting his spouse and their child, according to NBC News.
  • Local, state, and federal law enforcement are on the ground.
  • There is no other threat in the area at the time, according to law enforcement.
  • Sutherland Springs is about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. It’s an unincorporated community with a population of about 600, according to CNN.
  • The church regularly posts videos of its services. They show a vibrant community, with parishioners singing, playing electric guitar, and talking about topics ranging from their faith to riding a motorcycle.

What we don’t know

  • The shooter’s motive

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