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At least 26 people have been killed and many injured after an armed assailant opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The gunman was later killed.
The Governor of Texas claimed that at least 26 people had been killed in the incident while another 20 had been injured, some severely. The Governor has warned that the death toll could rise as many are still in critical condition.
The incident took place in a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small town located some 30 miles outside of San Antonio.
The suspect could have killed even more if not for a local resident who stopped him, the local resident was also armed and got into a gunfight with him leading him to escape in a vehicle with the resident in pursuit of him.
“There was some gunfire exchanged, I believe, on the roadway also, and then (the shooter’s vehicle) wrecked out,” Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CBS News on Monday morning. “At this time we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he wrecked out.”
The suspect was dressed in full tactical gear and a ballistic vest armed with many weapons.
The suspect was later identified as one Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, a resident of New Braunfels, near San Antonio, Texas Department of Public Safety said on Twitter.
Kelley had been court marshaled from the USAF in 2012 after assaulting his wife and child. He was confined for a year and demoted, according to USAF spokesperson, Ann Stefanek.
Police have already raided his home to gather further evidence on him.
Kelley was shot at by a passing resident named Johnnie Langendorff, as well as a church neighbor, causing Kelley and the two men to go on a 95 mph chase. Langendorff was on the phone with the police at the time, keeping them up to date with the events unfolding in front of him. The chase ended when Kelley veered off the road roughly 11 miles north of the church, though it is unclear what killed him.
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