26 killed in Texas church shooting on the eight-year anniversary of nearby Fort Hood shootingThe First Baptist Church n Sutherland Springs, Texas (Google Maps)
Initial reports are that up to 20 to 27 people have been killed and another 20 injured at a Texas church on Sunday morning and the shooter has been killed after a brief chase.
Before the shooter had been identified to the public, Democratic Texas Rep. Vincente González named repeated internet hoax Sam Hyde as the shooter while live on CNN.
The shooter has been identified as Devin Kelley, a twenty-something white male from the area. The motive has not been released yet.
The shooting took place at 11:30 a.m. local time at the First Baptist Church at 216 4th Street in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Sutherland Springs is roughly 35 miles outside of San Antonio.
Multiple reports have a varying number of fatalities ranging from 10 to 27 people dead, but reports are varied and unconfirmed.
Victims have been taken to Connally’s Memorial Hospital.
There are said to be multiple young children among the dead.
Authorities have not officially released the number of casualties or fatalities.
This shooting comes on the eight years anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting where Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 at the Fort Hood U.S. Army base; 30 others were injured in the 2009 shooting.
Sutherland Springs is 150 miles from Fort Hood.
Fox News reports:
Constable Thomas Silvas from Precinct 1 in Wilson County [Texas] confirmed to Fox News there was a “mass shooting” situation and that officials were working on removing the bodies from the church, but did not specify the number of people who were dead or wounded.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the event and says he is monitoring it from Japan.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement that “While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act.”
Sutherland Springs has a population of a little under 500.