STOCKDALE, Texas- During a news conference at the nearby community of Stockdale officials said 26 people, ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old, were killed during worship services at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. 20 people were injured.
Law enforcement had moved the location there out of respect for family members that were gathering at the community center in city.
The church’s pastor Frank Pomeroy told ABC’s Mike DelMoro that his 14-year-old daughter Annabelle Renee is among the deceased.
The Governor of Texas was also present during the briefing. He told families to hug their kids and tell friends and neighbors that you support them after the worst mass shooting in modern Texas history.
Just before noon Sunday a gunman who was “geared” up walked into the church and began shooting congregants.
Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, has been identified as the lone gunman.
KSAT says Kelley was later found dead in the vehicle in Guadalupe County. The exact circumstances of his death are not known.
Johnnie Langendorff told KSAT’s Garret Brngr that he witnessed the end of the shooting and said another man and Kelley exchanged gunfire after Kelley left the church. Langendorff said he and the man chased Kelley for several minutes in their vehicle.
Eight survivors were taken to Brooke Army Medical Center via medical helicopter. Their conditions are not known. Others were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
The FBI and the Texas Rangers, as well as agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, are investigating.
The church is located in the 500 block of 4th Street in the small, south Texas town about 40 miles east of San Antonio.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked his state to pray for the Sutherland Springs community in a press release.
Statement on shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX. pic.twitter.com/ffUbQgYdWD
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 5, 2017
Sutherland Springs is an unincorporated community located on the old Spanish land grant of Manuel Tarin in northern Wilson County, Texas, United States. It is on U.S. Highway 87 at the intersection with Farm Road 539, about 21 miles east of Downtown San Antonio. Old Sutherland Springs occupies a portion of the South bank of the Cibolo Creek, with New Sutherland Springs (which is mostly in ruins) on the north bank of the Cibolo Creek. According to the Handbook of Texas, the population was 362 in 2000, according to Wikipedia.