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Twenty-six dead in Texas church shooting; investigation ongoing

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - A church shooting remains under investigation, after authorities say over 20 people, ranging in age from 18 months to 77-years-old, were killed on Sunday morning, in Texas. 

ABC News reports that on Sunday, around 11:20 AM,  26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, Texas, opened fire on the First Baptist Church which resulted in the death of 26 people, Sutherland Springs, TX. Officials say the ages of individuals killed in the attack range from 18 months to 77-years-old. Fourteen-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy, daughter of the church's Pastor Frank Pomeroy, was reportedly one of the individuals killed in the shooting.Twenty people were apparently injured during the shooting and their ages range from 5-years-old to 73-years-old. Wilson County authorities report that Kelley went into the church from the back of the building firing all the way to the front of the church, and then fired on his way back out of the church. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt says the church has two entrances and Kelley hand time to reload several times.

According ABC News, after the shooting, Kelley was pursued by two "good samaritans," one armed with a rifle, which led to a high-speed chase where the suspect later crashed, in Guadalupe County. Kelley was reportedly found dead in his vehicle. Evidence suggests that the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement. Multiple weapons and tactical gear was reportedly found in the suspects vehicle. ABC News reports that Kelley was wearing a ballistic vest.

The Associated Press reports that the Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said Monday that the mass shooting stemmed from a domestic situation and was not racially or religiously motivated. ABC News reports that Kelley served in the Air Force from 2010 until 2014 and worked in the logistics readiness department at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He was reportedly court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assault on his spouse and on their child, receiving a bad conduct discharge, confinement for a year, and a reduction of his military status. In April 2016, Kelley was apparently able to purchase the Ruger model AR-556 rifle used in the shooting although, a law restricts firearms from people convicted of domestic violence.

The shooting remains under investigation by federal and state authorities, in Wilson County. For more on the Texas church shooting, click here.


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