At least 26 people were killed and 20 others injured after a black-clad man entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, armed with a rifle and opened fire on worshipers, the governor said at a press conference.
Officials at the conference said that those shots range from five to 72 years old. Abbott described it as the “worst mass shooting” in the nation’s history.
Officials said it was too early to determine the motive. Instead, law enforcement focuses on “the victims and families at this stage,” County Prosecutor Audrey Lewis said at a press conference.
Officials said the gunman entered the church and began shooting at around 11:20 a.m. A person followed him and shot him inside the church, and after a chase by the police, he was found dead in his car.
Officials said the wounded were taken to San Antonio Medical Center and University Hospital in San Antonio. A spokesperson for University Hospital San Antonio told SBG San Antonio that at least five adults and four children are being treated there /
The Associated Press reported that law enforcement officials identified the gunman as Devin Patrick Kelly, 26, from neighboring Komal County. Officials said his home would be searched soon.
Officials said it was not yet known whether he died from his gunshot wounds or from the bullets fired by officers. They are working to determine his motives.
Pastor Paul Buford, a pastor at nearby River Oaks Church, told reporters that the families of the victims would congregate at his church’s community center, just two blocks from the street. SBG told San Antonio that First Baptist Church pastor, Frank Pomery, and his wife were not in the church when the shooting happened; They were out of town, and now they’re on their way back.
The Red Cross is here to help those affected. He also reported that he spoke with President Donald Trump by phone, which is monitoring the situation from Asia.