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Gunman opens fire at Texas church, killing and injuring scores

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A gunman stormed into a small church in this southern Texas town and opened fire, killing at least 26 people and injuring several more, some critically. One of the dead is the daughter of the church pastor.

According to ABC News‘ Max Massey, the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. local time at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, approximately 40 miles southeast of San Antonio. The small church usually has about 50 parishioners, WLKY reported.

The shooter has now been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, CBS News stated. An unconfirmed LinkedIn account lists that Kelley had four years in the Air Force and a month-long stint as a teacher aid for a vacation bible school in Kingsville, Texas, about two hours south of Sutherland Springs. Most notably is the fact that he was dishonorably discharged from the military after getting a court martial (similar to a felony conviction in civilian life) in May 2014.

KSAT television station confirmed on-scene reports that at least 26 people have been killed in the shooting. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. corroborated those numbers and added that several more are critically injured.

Witnesses told first responders that at least 20 shots were fired, though police have not confirmed the exact number of gunshots that were fired. According to police, the gunman was killed after a short chase following the shooting.

Only one victim has been identified so far: Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, 14, the daughter of the pastor, Frank Pomeroy. The pastor and his wife were out of town at the time of the shooting and learned of the daughter’s passing from long distance.

Multiple helicopters have left the scene to transport victims to area hospitals. Agents from the U.S. Department of Justice, including the FBI and the ATF, are also on scene.

President Donald Trump, who is away in Japan, said he is monitoring the situation.

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.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot tweeted that his prayers were with the victims and that an update from the Texas Department of Public Safety would be available soon.

Texas’ U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn both released statements via Twitter on the shooting, with Cornyn calling the situation “heartbreaking.”

“Truly heartbreaking news in #Sutherland Springs. Please say a prayer for First Baptist congregation, first responders & the community there,” Cornyn said.

“Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene,” Cruz said.


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    white terrorist for sure!!!!!!!!! why is it that all these white men , are deciding to kill even their own people? now does anyone see , that white cops are a direct threat to national security if they were raised with rascist beliefs? , trump was born rich he dont understand racism at all , , racist exist, that are hard core bent on destroying blacks ,and anyone who associate with blacks , what color was the pastor? i think he may have been black which is why he might have dont this ,.. .his lil fat ass gonna roast in hell for killing all those people !! what has happen to white males? its the biggerst mysterie we cant keep saying they are mentally ill , its just that through history the white man has had all the powere wealth and prestige , oprah winfrey killed their spirit ,,, and obama being a black man and president really cause the devil to rise .. blacks have contributed to raising america status around the world , we dont give a dam who hate us , ,we still gonna rise . so any of them who think they can continue to kill int the name of satan is worst then any alcada terrist , america has its own terrist right born on this soil , so we can stop blaming other countries. that killer was typical of what america has tried to hide for 400 years how horrific the mind of the white man, when you start killing just anyone your a terrist

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