At least 26 people were killed, including 8 members of the same family on Sunday when a man armed with a rifle burst into the sanctuary of a church in Texas and began firing.
The shooting left about 20 others wounded in the small town of Sutherland Springs, located about 30 minutes east of San Antonio.
The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old, said Freeman Martin, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety. A woman who was about five months pregnant and three of her children were killed, the pregnant woman's brother-in-law and his youngest child were also killed according to the community leader. Three other members of the same family were wounded. Among those killed in the shooting was the 14-year-old daughter of the church's pastor. The gunman, dressed in all-black tactical gear, including a ballistic vest, according to Martin, fled the church and was later found dead in his vehicle, officials said.
The gunman has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelly, 26. Kelly was spotted at a Valero gas station across the street from the church at about 11.20 a.m. He drove his vehicle across the street, got out and began firing before he entered the church, Martin said.
As the shooter left the church a local resident used his own rifle to engage him, said Martin. The gunman dropped his weapon and fled.
A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said multiple weapons were found in the shooter's car. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are involved in the investigation.
The wounded are being treated at three hospitals including the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, University Hospital and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.