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26 dead following church shooting in small Texas town
Gunman found dead in vehicle following short chase by local residents
Monday, November 6, 2017 – 5:40am
At least 26 people have died, and dozens more were wounded, after a lone gunman entered a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and opened fire. A motive for the shooting has not been established.
“We don’t think he had any connection to this church,” Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told local media. “We have no motive.”
Officials say the ages of the victims range from 5 to 72 years old and that the 14-year-old daughter of the First Baptist Church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, was among those killed.
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“The shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, according to two law enforcement sources who have been briefed on the investigation,” CNN reports.
Officials say Kelley was dressed in all black clothing and a “tactical vest”, and was armed with a Ruger military-style rifle.
Witnesses say Kelley approached the First Baptist Church shortly after 11am local time, and began shooting outside the building before moving around to the right hand side of the building. Kelley then reportedly entered the church and opened fire on those inside, before exiting the building.
“When Kelley emerged from the church, an armed neighbour exchanged gunfire with him, hitting Kelley, who fled in his vehicle. Neighbours apparently followed him, chasing him into the next county, Guadalupe County, where Kelley crashed his car,” the New York Times says.
Kelley was found dead from a gunshot wound in his vehicle, which contained a cache of weapons. Authorities say …read more
Source:: The Week – All news