At least 26 people, including young children and a pregnant woman, have been shot dead at a church in Texas.
Devin Kelley, 26, stormed the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, opening fire on people attending the morning service.
Regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Freeman Martin, said that whilst leaving the church, the shooter was confronted by a local resident armed with a gun.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
“The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church,” Martin said.
The resident then chased the suspect, who was found dead in his vehicle by police a short time later.
“At this time, we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident,” Martin said.
At least 20 people are also believed to have been injured in the shooting, which has been declared the deadliest in the state’s history.
Area of the church is now blocked off and taped off. Family and friends still waiting to hear if their loved ones are safe. pic.twitter.com/YsKz78i3Lg
— Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the people of Sutherland Springs as tragic reports come out of First Baptist Church,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement
“Please join Angela and me as we pray for those impacted by this horrific shooting.”
US President Donald Trump also tweeted: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas.”
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