Here is what we know about the shooting at a church in Texas near San Antonio that caused multiple fatalities.
Number of dead
At least 26 people were killed, not including the gunman, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday night at a news conference. Of those, 23 died inside the church, two were outside the church and another victim was transported to a hospital and died, said Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin. Another 10 people were wounded.
The gunman was identified as Devin Kelley, 26, of nearby Comal County, Texas, two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to comment publicly told USA TODAY. Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told CNN the gunman died following a short police pursuit. Officials did not immediately know a motive for the attack.
Martin, with the Texas DPS, did not name the suspect during the news conference but said the gunman was dressed in black and wore a ballistic vest. He began firing outside the church and then entered the building and continued firing. As he left the church, a local resident with a rifle pursued the gunman, who dropped his Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled. Martin said it was unclear whether the suspect was killed by a shot from the local resident or from self-inflicted wounds.
Who’s on the scene
The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Texas state and local law enforcement flocked to the church after what was originally reported as an “active shooter” situation.
Names were not yet released but ages range from 5 to 72 years old, Martin said. Among those killed was the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, who said he was out of town with his wife when the rampage took place.
What leaders are saying
President Trump tweeted from Japan: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
Trump has been briefed several times about the tragic shooting and continues to receive regular updates, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Trump also spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, she said.
In a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Trump said Monday that better mental health — not gun control — is the key to understanding the mass shooting. “This isn’t a guns situation,” he said.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted that he spoke with to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about the “horrific shooting,” and that state and federal law enforcement were working closely. “Prayers for all harmed. Truly evil,” Cruz said.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., tweeted that prayers are not enough. “After another unspeakable tragedy, Congress must act — or be complicit,” he said.
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Contributing: Kevin Johnson, John Bacon
Texas vigil: ‘I’m here to support them’ | 1:52
People attending a vigil for the Texas church shooting victims said they were there to support their neighborsi in Sutherland Springs. One man also described his feelings since the shooting last Sunday as “emptyness and numbness.” (Nov. 9)
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Victim’s friend: Shooter ‘got easy way out’ | 1:50
17-year-old Alison Gould of San Antonio showed up outside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Wednesday to talk about her best friend, 16-year-old Haley Krueger, killed in Sunday’s church shooting. (Nov. 8)
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VP Pence honors Texas victims at prayer vigil | 1:53
Vice President Pence spoke at a memorial service for the victims killed at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. A packed Floresville High School football stadium honored the victims with song, prayer. (Nov. 9)
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Doctor: Emotional healing will take a long time | 1:06
Doctors at the small Connally Memorial Medical Center about 10 miles from Sutherland Springs said they have one patient remaining at the hospital. They said while the physical wounds will heal, many of the emotional wounds will take a lot longer. (Nov. 7)
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Raw: Pence Meets with TX Heroes, Law Enforcement | 1:17
Vice President Pence is in Texas to meet with law enforcement, local heroes and families of the victims of Sunday’s massacre at The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. The shooting is being called the worst in Texas history. (Nov. 8)
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Trump: Tougher gun laws may not have prevented Texas church shooting | 1:21
President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties
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VP Pence Blames TX Shooting On Gunman, Air Force | 2:03
Vice President Pence said the blame for a Sunday massacre at a Texas church that left more than two dozen dead rests solely with the gunman and Air Force bureaucracy. He spoke on Wednesday outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. (Nov. 8)
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Sister-in-law on losing family in Texas shooting | 2:09
First responder Torie McCallum was on her way to the Texas church shooting when she realized through her phone dispatch it was the church her family attended. She would soon learn that her pregnant sister-in-law and three children were killed. (Nov. 8)
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First responder describes Texas shooting scene | 1:28
Paul Brunner was among the first to respond to the tragic shooting deaths of more than two dozen people inside a rural Texas church on Sunday. The emergency medical chief described his team’s efforts as a battlefield triage of sorts. (Nov. 8)
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Comfort dogs report for duty in Texas | 2:00
The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry arrived in Sutherland Springs, Texas, to provide therapy and love to those affected by the shooting at the town’s First Baptist Church on Sunday. (Nov. 8)
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Victim’s friend: Shooter ‘got easy way out’ | 1:50
17-year-old Alison Gould of San Antonio showed up outside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Wednesday to talk about her best friend, 16-year-old Hailey Krueger, killed in Sunday’s church shooting. (Nov. 8)
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Texas church shooter had violent past | 1:29
The man who police say killed 26 people, including an unborn child, at a Sutherland Springs, Texas church had a string of run-ins with the law starting with charges of threatening superior officers int he military. (Nov. 8).
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Texas church gunman’s AR-15 rifle | 1:22
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Mass shooting ‘thoughts & prayers’ getting old for some | 1:39
After multiple mass shootings across the country in the past decade, many have grown weary on wordy condolences without action.
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Remembering lives lost in the Texas church shooting | 1:18
Sutherland Springs, Texas is reeling from the loss of so many of their friends and family. Hear in their own words how they’re leaning on each other and honoring the precious lives lost.
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Why AR-15 style rifles are so common in mass shootings | 1:29
AR-15 style rifles have been used in multiple mass shootings in recent years. See what makes the semi-automatic gun so popular.
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Crosses dot landscape for Texas church victims | 1:16
About a half mile from the site of the worst mass shooting in Texas history, 26 crosses dot the landscape of an empty lot next to the only baseball diamond in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Nov. 7)
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Former Sutherland Springs pastor giving comfort | 1:01
Mark Collins, who formerly served as associate pastor at the church that saw Sunday’s massacre, returned to Sutherland Springs to show support and comfort victims of the shooting that claimed 26 lives, and wounded many more. (Nov. 7)
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Ryan: Texas shooter should not have gotten a gun | 1:24
Speaker Paul Ryan expressed frustration that the suspected gunman in Sunday’s Texas church shooting was able to get a gun after being convicted of domestic abuse. Ryan said more needs to be done to enforce the “laws on the books.” (Nov. 7)
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Texas shooting survivor recalls horror during shooting | 0:45
A Texas couple who attended Sunday’s service where 26 worshippers were fatally shot says the gunman appeared to target babies who cried and others who screamed or made noise. (Nov. 7)
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Man who shot gunman: ‘I was scared to death’ | 0:55
Speaking through tears, Stephen Willeford, the man some are calling a hero for engaging in a shootout with the Texas church gunman on Sunday, says he was afraid for his life but that he believes God gave him the skills needed to face the shooter. (Nov. 6)
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Man describes chase for Texas church suspect | 1:46
The man who confronted Texas church shooting suspect Devin Patrick Kelley had help from another local resident, Johnnie Langendorff. (Nov. 6)
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