Gunman kills 26 church members
Written by Keshia Jansen on November 6, 2017
At least 26 people have been confirmed dead after a gunman opened fire at the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas on Sunday.
According to Reuters, the victims were aged between 5 and 72.
Eight of the victims were members of the same family, reports CNN.
CNN further reports that the gunman, dressed in all-black tactical gear, had begun shooting in front of the church before proceeding inside where he continued to rain bullets on the congregation.
The suspect fled and was pursued by a local resident who had grabbed his own rifle.
The police were alerted and a chase ensued.
CNN reports that the chase had ended when the gunman crashed his vehicle.
Upon approaching the vehicle, police found that the suspect had died.
It is unclear whether the suspect had shot himself, or if he had been shot by the resident who confronted him.
BBC has identified the suspect as Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old man.
Kelley’s Facebook profile has been deleted, however, his LinkedIn profile is still active.
According to his profile, Kelley is an advocate for animal welfare, children and human rights.
“I am a hard working dedicated person. I live by he core values on which the Air Force go by,” his profile states.
Under the heading ‘Volunteer experiences and causes’, his profile states: “Teaching children ages 4-6 at vocational bible schools helping their minds grow and prosper.”
Image credit: (Facebook via BBC)