SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) – Authorities say a gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people who ranged in age from 5 to 72.
The mass shooting occurred Sunday morning at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. About 20 others were wounded in the attack.
Two officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity identified the gunman as Devin Kelley. An Air Force spokeswoman said records confirm Kelley received a bad conduct discharge after being court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting his spouse and child.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. described the scene inside the church as “terrible.”
Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the attack.
A County Commissioner in Texas says he’s been told that more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in an attack at a church, though he says those figures haven’t been confirmed.
Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.
A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Authorities say the attacker was later killed.
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A gunman opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday morning, killing several people and injuring at least 15, sources told NBC News.
A senior law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told NBC News at least 15 people were injured in the shooting and several people were killed.
A spokesperson for the Wilson County sheriff’s office described the shooting as an “active shooter” incident.
Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told NBC News that the town’s sheriff told him a single gunman walked into First Baptist Church in the town and began shooting.
Law enforcement agents from the FBI and the ATF were heading to the scene Sunday, officials told NBC.
Sutherland Springs is about 20 miles southeast of San Antonio.