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    Breaking: At Least 27 People Dead in Texas Church Shooting, Dozens Wounded UPDATE: Shooter Identified

    Breaking: At Least 27 People Dead in Texas Church Shooting, Dozens Wounded UPDATE: Shooter Identified

    Shooter dead, motive not yet known

    This is a developing story, so reports vary at this time.

    A shooting this morning at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas has left at least 27 people dead and over two dozen more wounded.  The shooter was reportedly killed by police following a brief chase.

    Fox News reports:

    The mass shooting was reported at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, which is about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio. The gunman has been fatally shot by police.

    Wilson County Commissioner Larry Wiley told Fox News that an emergency responder said between 20 and 24 people are dead, and around 20 were wounded when a man walked into the church about 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire at the crowd of people.

    . . . . The church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, said his 14-year-old daughter was killing in the shooting, according to ABC News.

    “We have accepted a multiple number of patients from the shooting,” Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, 15 miles from church, told Fox News. She said she did not have a specific number. She said doctors were assessing the patients.

    Some victims were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, KSAT reported.

    Helicopters and emergency personnel were seen arriving at the scene. The FBI is also on scene.

    The gunman, according to Wiley, was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies.

    Watch the report:

    Local 10 has more:

    Authorities reported 27 died and 30 were injured during a shooting Sunday at a First Baptist Church in a small rural community in Texas. The shooter was also dead.

    The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office reported about 57 church goers in the town of about 600 were shot in the church at 216 40th St., in Sutherland Springs, according to Texan authorities.

    “To have such a violent act occur in a place of worship magnifies the pain,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement.

    The FBI’s San Antonio field office and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency responded to the church about 40 miles east of Downtown San Antonio. Texas rangers were also assisting deputies with the investigation.

    Outside of the church there were relatives in tears praying next to a car and dozens of residents were waiting for updates in an area outside of the yellow crime scene tape. Members of the neighboring River Oaks Church responded to support their neighbors with prayer and food.

    ABC News is also reporting that 27 are confirmed dead.

    President Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott were among those who tweeted about the horrific incident.

    As of this writing, Governor Abbott is on his way to Sutherland Springs.

    We will bring you updates as we learn more.


    [FS] The shooter has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley.  [h/t LI reader rabid wombat]

    WJLA reports:

    Officials have identified the suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at a Texas church as Devin Patrick Kelley, SBG San Antonio has confirmed.

    The 26-year-old is accused of opening fire in a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, killing at least 20 and injuring at least 10.

    Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014, CBS News reports.

    According to CBS, he received a dishonorable discharge and was court martialed in May 2014.

    Mediaite has unconfirmed information about Kelley.


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    Speculation has been flying in all kinds of directions, and some large argufying based on assumptions grounded in flatly contradictory news reports further bundled with speculation.

    I’m not drawing any conclusions about what exactly happened until this settles down.

      Milhouse in reply to Valerie. | November 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Exactly. I don’t understand why, in the absence of facts, some people insist on making up random speculations, and repeating rumors with absolutely no foundation, instead of just waiting however long it takes for the facts to come in. Even the initial reports from the news media are almost never correct, let alone what some stoned person on Twitter imagines.

        Neo in reply to Milhouse. | November 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        This is the internet.
        Everything on the internet is wild speculation.

        To wait for the ‘facts’ is to know yesterday.

          Milhouse in reply to Neo. | November 6, 2017 at 3:03 pm

          And there is the confession of someone who is not only ignorant but proud of his ignorance, and is therefore a waste of oxygen.

          Yesterday is all we can ever know, and that only if we’re lucky. Not to wait for the facts is to know nothing at all.

          tgrondo in reply to Neo. | November 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

          Ahh Yes…..The internet.

          It’s the place people go for information…but the reality is,

          It’s the place people go for TONS of misinformation…Oh…and porn.

    Many people will be running around trying to use this incident to advance their own agendas. The bottom line is that these things happen and have been happening since the dawn of time. That is the reason why the human race developed weaponry.

    No place is 100% safe. Anyplace can be breached and harm done to those within. But, people can make it harder for such things to occur. All it takes is the right mindset and training.

    The world hasn’t really changed since the days of Leave IT To Beaver, it is simply beginning to intrude on the worldview of ordinary Americans. The world is a dangerous place and their are violent actors who wish to harm others. This makes it incumbent upon people to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their friends. Things like churches are pretty easy to defend against attack, if you can stop the attacker from entering the building. Discreetly armed security outside the building works pretty well, as we have seen in the past. Heavy concrete planters and fencing drastically reduce the danger from vehicular attacks. But, the first thing that has to be done is that the potential threat has to be recognized.

      alaskabob in reply to Mac45. | November 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Per Robert Heinlein…”an armed society is a polite society”… and may I add.. a safer one. Interesting viewpoints… Fox News called the locals who shot and ran the murderer to ground were “vigilantes” while in the news conference 8.11.17 the police called them “good Samaritans”. There are times when calling 911 is not the immediate option.

    Arminius | November 6, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I largely call the USAF the chair force. and for the most part it’s true. But nobody trains harder than the PJs. And then there are the Combat Controllers…

    F**kin’ eh.

    Nina Rose Nava, who went to school with the gunman, wrote on Facebook: ‘In (sic) in complete shock! I legit just deleted him off my fb cause I couldn’t stand his post.

    ‘He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism’

    Christopher Leo Longoria replied: ‘I removed him off FB for those same reasons! He was being super nagtive (sic) all the timd (sic).’

    This is an interesting development that has gotten little press (no wonder why). I’m talking about Radical Aggressive Atheists.

    My daughter talked about meeting many of them in college.

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