26 People Killed In Mass Shooting At Texas Church, Including 8 Members Of One Family

Another mass shooting has stricken America. A lone gunman who opened fire on the pews of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles east of San Antonio.

At least eight members of the same family were among the 26 people killed Sunday when a man armed with a rifle burst into the sanctuary of a church in Texas and started firing. The shooting left about 20 others wounded.

Law enforcement identified 26-year-old Devin Kelley as the gunman.

The massacre killed about 4% of the small town’s population. And no one at the church was left unscathed, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said.

“I think nearly everyone had some type of injury,” the sheriff told reporters Monday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the slaughter “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history. But it’s still unclear what motivated the killer.
The gunman — described as a former member of the Air Force — fired upon the services with a Ruger assault-style rifle before he came under fire from a local man and fled in car chase. The attacker eventually ran off the roadway and apparently took his own life.

As investigators try to determine a motive, they are also probing how the attacker obtained his gun. Kelley had sought a license to carry a gun in Texas but was rejected, Abbott said.

“By all of the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun, so how did this happen?” Abbott said in an interview on CNN. “We are in search of answers to these questions.

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