26 killed in church massacre U.S.
At least 26 people died and 20 others were injured Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a church in a small town southeast of San Antonio.
The incident occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small community located in Wilson County about 30 miles away from San Antonio. The gunman, identified by two law enforcement officials as 26-year-old Devin Kelley, is now deceased, but it remains unclear how he died.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) official Freeman Martin said during a press conference on Sunday that 23 people were found dead inside the church, while two people were found outside. One person died after being transferred to a local hospital.
Law enforcement officials said that Kelley, described as white, male and in his 20s, was seen around 11:20 a.m. at a gas station in Sutherland Springs. He crossed the street to First Baptist Church, and began firing from outside after exiting his vehicle. He then moved to the right side of the church and fired, before entering the church and shooting more.
A number of politicians took to Twitter to share their condolences and prayers with the victims of the shooting.
President Donald Trump, who is currently in Japan, tweeted that 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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence also thanked first responders and sent his prayers to the victims of the shooting.
Karen & I send prayers to victims & their families in TX.We grieve w/ you & stand w/ resolve against evil. Thank you to the first responders— Vice President Pence (@VP) November 5, 2017
Texas politicians were among the first lawmakers to respond to the incident, sharing their condolences and thoughts on Twitter.
Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017
Statement on shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX. pic.twitter.com/ffUbQgYdWD— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 5, 2017
Texas lawmakers Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Joaquin Castro also responded to the incident on Twitter.
Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 5, 2017
Terrible news coming out of Sutherland Springs, TX. I’m monitoring developments and am praying for the shooting victims.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) November 5, 2017
A number of Democratic lawmakers expressed condolences and called for gun control in the wake of the shooting. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Bob Casey Michael Bennet were among the lawmakers who shared demands for gun reform in the aftermath.
Heartbroken for victims, loved ones, and all affected by the horrific tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) November 5, 2017
In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence (2/2)— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) November 5, 2017
Devastating news of another mass shooting. Our hearts are w/ victims in TX. Americans should not live in fear of gun violence. We must act.— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) November 5, 2017