Over 20 Dead in Texas Church Shooting

Written by Diana Juarez, Managing Editor

   At least 20 dead and dozens more injured in a church shooting in rural Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooting, which occurred Sunday at 11:30 am local time during Sunday service, comes just over a month after the Las Vegas mass shooting.

    Parishioners of the First Baptist church were gathered for Sunday service when the gunman, recently identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley,  walked in and opened fire. It was reported by eyewitnesses that Kelley was in tactical gear and fled in a vehicle when police sirens were heard approaching.

    Kelley  fled North ten miles, crossing the border between Wilson County and neighboring Guadalupe County where police followed him. It is still unclear whether police shot and killed Kelley or if he killed himself, but his death was confirmed.

    Both the FBI and local law enforcement are working together to make sense of the details as investigations are still under way. There is no known cause as of yet.

    Among those killed was a 14-year-old girl by the name of Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, the daughter of one of the pastors of the church, and eyewitnesses allege that there was also a 2-year-old victim.

    “This is something that happens in a big city,” said Carrie Matula to MSNBC, “I would never have thought this would have taken place here. It’s just too tight a community. It doesn’t make sense.”

    Matula works at one of the two gas stations in Sutherland Springs, which is an unincorporated part of Wilson County. The small town has a population of 500, last time it was checked, and is described by locals as a “tight knit group, more of a family than a community.

    President Trump, who is on his first trip to Asia as president, tweeted “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

     Texas Governor, Gregg Abbott , confirmed at a press conference at 3:30 pm that the death toll is up to 26. He thanked law enforcement and first responders for all they’ve done. Further names of victims were not released and law enforcement asked the media to not released names until family has bee notified.

    More details will be posted as they are confirmed by law enforcement. Read the latest and Top Texas News on Ground News now.


Latest edit for suspects name and death toll Nov. 5 2017 at 3:40 pm.