Pregnant woman, children among 26 killed in mass shooting at Texas church

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.


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“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.

“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.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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