On Sunday November 5, at least 26 people were killed as a result of a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Ten of the 20 people wounded remain in critical condition. As many as 14 children and a pregnant woman lay dead. Those dead inside the church ranged from 18 months to 77 years of age according to law enforcement. The suspected shooter has been identified as 26 year old Devin Patrick Kelley. According to witnesses, the gunman was wearing
an all black outfit and a vest. The suspect was also seen in a gas station across the street from the church at about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday morning. The suspect left the gas station, crossed the street, got out of his car and started firing before he entered the church. As the shooter was leaving the church, a local resident used their own rifle to fight him off.
After a short police chase, Kelly’s car crashed into a fence. Officials found the suspect dead inside his vehicle, suffering three gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted shot to the head. The police found multiple weapons in Kelly’s car. Law enforcement states that “a domestic situation” inside the shooter’s family may have motivated the killings. The shooter had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law in the past. He texted her as recently as Sunday morning, not long before he carried out the mass shooting. Left behind at the church were dozens of rounds of ammunition. The sheriff said he had seen nothing to suggest that the gunman had changed his weapon to make it act automatic.
Speaking from Japan, President Trump labeled the shooting as an “act of evil” and called it “horrific.” Hours after the shooting, residents gathered, singing hymns and lit candles. All of the people in Sutherland Springs are trying to give support to the families that have suffered great loss.