UPDATE: Texas Church Shooter Identified

UPDATE: Texas Church Shooter Identified

26 people were reported killed in the attack.

Published November 5th

UPDATE:

A suspect has been named in the mass shooting of a Sutherland Springs, Texas church that reportedly killed 26 people and injured more on Sunday morning (November 5).

26-year-old Devin Kelley was identified as the shooter, according to federal and state law enforcement officials who told ABC News. Kelley is from New Braunfels, Texas.

In 2014, Kelley was dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force where he served in the logistics readiness department at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

The FBI, along with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are searching the man's home. Freeman Martin, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director, says the shooter was wearing all black with a ballistics vest at the time of the shooting.

Kelley reportedly lived at his parents' home with his wife and child.

 

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Over 20 people have been reportedly been killed following a mass shooting at a church in a small town outside of San Antonio, Texas.

According to KSAT News, an unidentified gunman walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs at around 11:30 am this morning (November 5) and began shooting.

CNN is reporting that the gunman was killed after a chase with police into an adjacent county. It’s still unclear whether police delivered the fatal shot or the man committed suicide.

It’s reported that around 50 people attended the Sunday service when the attack was underway. A local journalist reported that neighbors told him that it sounded like the gunman reloaded multiple times.

Police are reporting that at least 27 people have died in the shooting.

"The details are kind of sketchy but what I know right now, what they're telling me, like 27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured," police spokesperson Albert Gamez Jr told CBS News. "They're talking about the shooter is dead also."

A witness told NBC News that semi-automatic gunfire was heard from outside the church. "We heard semi-automatic gunfire… we're only about 50 yards away from this church," Carrie Matula said. "This is a very small community, so everyone was very curious as to what was going on."

We’ll keep you updated as more information on this developing story becomes available.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: CNN)

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