Church shooting stuns Texas town
26 gunned down in church massacre, marking Texas’ deadliest mass shooting ever
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Last Sunday, a gunman toting a rifle and wearing a ballistic vest walked into service at First Baptist Church in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs and killed 26 people.
The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72. A pregnant woman also was killed in the gunfire. The pastor and his wife’s 14-year-old daughter also was slain in the shooting; the two were out of town that day.
The gunman, identified as Devin Kelley, 26, had been sending threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended church there. The former airman was dishonorably discharged on a charge of domestic violence, but the Air Force failed to report his charge to the FBI, which should have kept the gunman from buying a firearm.
As the gunman left the church, he was confronted by a local man with a rifle. The suspect tried to flee in his vehicle, but the local man pursued him. Kelley was found dead with three gunshot wounds, one reportedly self-inflicted.
Twenty-six crosses, stand in a field, above, in Sutherland Springs on Monday to mark the victims of the state’s deadliest mass shooting. AT RIGHT: Darius Johnson, left, of La Vernia, prays with community members during a vigil in Sutherland Springs on Monday.