SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — The FBI is responding to the scene of a reported shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, according to Michelle Lee, spokeswoman for the FBI’s San Antonio field office.
Local police also have responded to the scene, which occurred at the First Baptist Church, a witness told CNN.
The witness, a cashier at a gas station across the street from the church, said she heard about 20 shots being fired in quick succession while a church service was underway.
The gunman who opened fire has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation.
A law enforcement source told CNN that a man walked into the church and began shooting about 11:30 a.m. local time.
The gunman used a .223 rifle, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN. There were additional firearms found in his car, the official said. A neighbor of the church fired at the shooter, the official said. The shooter then fled. The shooter was found dead in his car about eight miles away. It’s not clear if the shots from the neighbor who intervened struck the shooter.
According to Gamez, officials said there are multiple fatalities and multiple wounded.
Games said the shooter was “down,” according to the report.
University Hospital in San Antonio is treating 8 patients from the Sutherland Springs church shooting, according to spokesperson Leni Kirkman.
Kirkman also noted that the situation is still active and the hospital may continue to receive more patients.
Sutherland Springs is in Wilson County, about 30 miles east of San Antonio.
At least 26 people were killed in Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press conference Sunday evening.
Freeman Martin, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the deceased range in age from 5 to 72 years old.
A small community, devastated
About 100 family members of victims have gathered inside the Sutherland Springs Community Building next to the church, waiting for news of their loved ones, 26-year-old David Flores told CNN. Local law enforcement, the FBI and the Red Cross are also at the community center.
“My dad saw the gunman run into the church building and then he heard shots and saw people running,” Flores told CNN. “People covered in blood and screaming. It was pandemonium everywhere.”
“Looking around, it’s very sorrowful and the pastors from all the local churches right now are just trying to console everybody,” said Flores when asked to describe the scene inside the community center.
“There were several children injured,” he said. “I know three, personally, who are in critical condition.”
The 14-year-old daughter of church pastor Frank Pomeroy was one of the victims killed, his wife, Sherry Pomeroy, told CNN. Neither she nor her husband were at the church when the shooting occurred, she said.
The Connally Memorial Medical Center in nearby Floresville, Texas, is “accepting and assessing victims” from the Sutherland Springs church shooting, according to hospital spokeswoman Megan Posey. The number of victims is unknown at this time.
At least 8 patients are being treated at University Hospital in San Antonio, according to spokeswoman Leni Kirkman, who added the situation is still active and the hospital may receive more patients.
A spokesman for Brooke Army Medical Center also confirmed to CNN that the facility has received patients from the shooting, but the spokesman didn’t have a specific number.
Dana Fletcher, who owns a business down the road from the church, told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield that Sutherland Springs is a “very small” but “very tight-knit community.”
“There’s two gas stations, the church, a community center, post office, a Dollar General, a tire shop,” she said. “That’s about it.
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