Sutherland Springs, Texas – We are grieving with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas today where a 26 year old man entered the church and began a deadly massacre of worshipers this morning.
The church is described as a small community of approximately 50 people, news reports at this time are stating the half of the church members were killed. Details on the incident are sketchy at this moment, but this is what we know:
The killer began shooting outside the church grounds, entered the church and began shooting. He exited the church, entered a vehicle and was pursued by the local police. The killer is reported dead.
The ages of the victims at the time of this report is from age 5 to 72 years of age.
According to ABC News:
“Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said this afternoon that he was wearing all black, including a ballistics vest, at the time of the shooting.
Martin said that the suspect was found dead in his truck after running off the road near the county line after fleeing and being fired upon by a local resident at the church. Investigators remain unsure of whether or not he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot or by a shot fired by the local resident.
At least 26 people were killed and 20 injured in the shooting. The suspected gunman was killed, but the exact details of how the shooting unfolded remains unknown.”
Sunday, 10:16 PM, Fox News is reporting the killer was chased off and possibly killed by a neighbor who retrieved his rifle and engaged the killer causing him to flee. He then pursued the killer and his vehicle was found off the road with the killer dead inside.
The suspect was dead before police arrived, and the neighbor may have been responsible for stopping him.