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Gunman opens fire at Texas church; governor confirms 26 people dead

The alleged shooter is reportedly among the dead.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Nov 5, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:09 pm CDT

A gunman opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday, and police say multiple people have been killed. According to KSAT, police said a man walked into a church in Sutherland Springs and began shooting at about 11:30am CT. A Wilson County (Texas) commissioner told the New York Times at least 20 people were dead. Another official told the newspaper “there were kids involved.”

Police said the alleged shooter is among the dead. CNN reported that police had to chase the gunman briefly into a neighboring county. It’s unclear if the gunman took his own life, or if he was killed by officers.

According to multiple reports, the FBI is investigating the shooting. A witness told CNN that she heard 20 gunshots.

President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted their condolences.

The internet also began to mourn.



Sutherland Springs is about 35 miles east of San Antonio in south Texas.

Update 5:38pm CT: According to Abbott, 26 people have died, making this the largest mass shooting in Texas history. Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar confirmed to the New York Times that the dead include children and a pregnant woman. Two law enforcement sources told the paper the gunman has been identified as 26-year-old Devin P. Kelley.

This story is developing and will be updated as verified information becomes available. 

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*First Published: Nov 5, 2017, 2:17 pm CST