Police shot and killed a man, identified by law enforcement as Devin Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas, Sunday in Sutherland Springs after he allegedly opened fire on a community church. At least 25 people were killed and many more were injured in the attack. Kelly was identified by police as the shooter and was believed to be the sole person responsible.
Kelley reportedly entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and began shooting Sunday afternoon. The town lies about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. No motive had yet been ascertained in the shooting, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett told NBC News. Kelly reportedly lived in a suburb of San Antonio and did not appear to be linked to any organized terrorist groups, an official told the Associated Press.
“Apparently the shooter was not from the area, he was from outside of that area,” Texas Congressman Vincente Gonzalez told MSNBC.
JUST IN: Church shooting suspect identified as Devin Kelley, of New Braunfels, Texas, according to state and federal law enforcement sources
— ABC News (@ABC) November 5, 2017
Kelly was reportedly a former United States Air Force service member, CBS News reported. He received a dishonorable discharge and was court-martialed in 2014. Investigators said they were looking into Kelley’s alleged social media posts, including one that may have shown an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.
“I talked to one of gunman Devin Kelly’s Facebook friends, who says Kelly was randomly adding strangers and starting fights on Facebook,” Los Angeles Times correspondent Matt Pearce tweeted.
Initial reports suggested at least one child, a 2-year-old, was among those shot. The 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor was also killed in the attack, according to Fox News.
“[The shooting] lasted about 15 seconds,” Carrie Matula, a resident who was working at a gas station across the street from the church at the time of the shooting, told WPLG. “I yelled ‘Get down! Get inside! And we all went into hiding.”
The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting in the aftermath of the shooting, according to the Associated Press. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting “the largest mass shooting in Texas history” during a Sunday evening press conference.
“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas,” 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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy tells ABC his 14yr-old daughter is among the dead—Says she "was one very beautiful, special child"
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 5, 2017