26 Dead, 30 Injured in Texas Church Shooting (UPDATED)


Police responded to a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas this afternoon.

UPDATE –– 4:07 pm ET: Per multiple reports, the Wilson County Sheriff is saying 25 people, including the shooter, are dead:

There are early reports of multiple victims being shot, and the shooter is reportedly dead:

You can watch a live stream of News 4 San Antonio’s coverage above.

A CNN correspondent reported that a witness said there were roughly 20 shots fired. You can watch that report here:

We will update this post when more information comes in.

UPDATE –– 2:39 pm ET: Governor Greg Abbott tweeted this brief statement:

UPDATE –– 2:49 pm ET: A Texas county commissioner has said there have been multiple fatalities:

UPDATE –– 3:09 pm ET: President Trump tweeted about the horrific shooting from Japan:

UPDATE –– 4:59 pm ET: Per ABC News, church pastor Frank Pomeroy said his own 14-year-old daughter is among those who were killed:

UPDATE –– 5:48 PM ET: According to CBS News, the identity of the shooter is Devin Patrick Kelley — a 20-something, white male.

UPDATE –– 6:49 PM ET: In a press conference, local officials reported the shooter was driven out of the church after being confronted by a neighbor of the church who had his own rifle. Authorities are still investigating whether the shooter killed himself or was shot by the armed local civilian.

UPDATE –– 8:34 PM ET: CBS News reports the shooter was an ex-serviceman in the US Air Force who was discharged for bad-conduct and subsequently court-martialed in May, 2014. According to The Daily Beast, Kelley was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which can result in loss of Second Amendment rights.

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