At least 26 people were killed including a five-year-old at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs morning. The shooter was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley. This is the most deadly mass shooting in the Texas history. The victims were transported to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, some have had to be taken by helicopter to a different treatment center.
The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley a resident of San Antonio has a military background. He used an assault rifle - AR-15 semiautomatic weapon, which he posted on his Facebook profile, with the caption: ‘”She’s a bad b***h”. The alleged killer was dressed in tactical gear, as per the witness and began before walking inside. He later fled in a vehicle and shot dead in neighboring Guadalupe County, officials said.
Officials said that Kelley is not linked to any terrorist groups and acted alone. The regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Freeman Martin said that Kelley was dressed in black with a ballistic vest.
This incident comes after the mass shooting at a music concert in Las Vegas on October 01, 2017 where 59 people were killed. The gunman was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who opened fire on people from a nearby hotel building.
Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein has released a statement on the shooting, asking “When will this end?”:
I’m horrified by the news of the shooting today in South Texas. More than 20 people killed and more than 20 injured, it’s absolutely devastating, and my thoughts are with all of those in Sutherland Springs.
When will this end? When will we decide that we can’t accept massacres in our places of worship, schools, or at concerts? When will we actually do something about it?
This latest mass shooting comes just one month after the country’s deadliest mass shooting, and we’re still trying to garner support for even the most basic steps to reduce gun violence.
After each mass shooting, I hope we’ll summon the courage and will to change, and today is no different.”