Texas’ deadliest mass shooting claims 26 lives in church attack

Published on : Monday, November 6, 2017

Texas-shootingOn Sunday Texas witnessed its deadliest mass shooting in the history of this region as described by the governor that claimed 26 lives and wounded nearly 20. The deceased ranged in age from 5 to 72 years of age.


A man clad in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle has opened fire in a church in a tiny South Texas community.


The authorities of Texas is yet to identify the attacker during a news conference on Sunday night. But two other officials, one of them a U.S. official and another one in a law enforcement had identified the shooter as Devin Kelley.


They spoke to one of the leading news media agencies on the condition that they would be kept anonymous since they were actually unauthorized to discuss the investigation.


The U.S. official mentioned that the culprit, Kelley resided in a suburb of San Antonio.


But then, he never appeared to be associated to any organized terror groups. Investigators are currently following social media posts made by Kelley in the days prior to the attack on Sunday and it includes one that had appeared to demonstrate an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.


A spokeswoman of Air Force told on Sunday night that Devin P. Kelly has received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force for allegedly assaulting his child and spouse.


Thereafter he had been sentenced to 12 months confinement following a court-martial in the year 2012. He has served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge as per Ann Stefanek, a spokeswoman of Air Force.


At the press conference the attached was described as a white man in his 20’s who had been wearing black tactical gear and also a ballistic vest when he pulled into a gas station from the First Baptist Church around 11.20 a.m.


The gunman then crossed the street and started firing a Ruger AR rifle at the church according to Freeman Martin who is a regional director of the Texas Department of Safety. Then he continued firing after he entered the white wood-frame building. Here a service was scheduled around 11 a .m. And after he left the shooter was confronted by an armed resident.


The resident reportedly ‘grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect’ as per Martin.


And a while later the suspect was found dead in his vehicle at the county line. The vehicle was found to contain many weapons. Martin asserted that it is yet to be clear as to whether the attacker died of a self-inflicted wound or is he was shot by the resident who confronted him. Martin revealed that 23 of the dead were found inside the church while two of them were discovered outside and one of them died after being rushed to a hospital.


Among the people killed was the 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy who is the church pastor’s daughter.


Federal law enforcement swarmed the tiny rural community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio following the attack including the investigators of ATF and also members of the evidence collection team of the FBI.


At least 16 people who were wounded were taken to hospital according to the hospital authorities including eight who had to be ushered by a medical helicopter to the Brooke Army Medical Center.


And eight more victims were rushed to Conally Memorial Medical Center that is located in Floresville about 10 miles from the church, and it also includes four who were later transferred to University Hospital for higher-level care, as per Megan Posey, a spokeswoman.


U.S. President Donald Trump who was in Japan called the shooting an ‘act of evil’ and added that he has been monitoring the situation.


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