Police announced that the man who opened fire inside a Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, has been killed.
A witness said the man, whom we now know as Devin P. Kelley, 26, dressed in black, walked toward the small white church at around 11:30 a.m. central time, and began shooting. Kelly continued firing inside the church.
When Kelly reemerged from the church, a neighbor who had heard the shooting, reportedly grabbed his own firearm, came out of his house, and fired at the gunman who then fled in his own vehicle.
Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed that at least 26 people were killed. According to NPR, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said the ages of the victims ranged from 5 to 72 years old, including a pregnant woman. The AP reports that the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter is among the dead.
At least 20 people were also injured, with conditions ranging from “minor to very severe,” according to law enforcement officials who spoke at a news conference on Sunday evening.
For any town, such a shooting would be devastating. For a town like Sutherland Spring, with a population in “the low hundreds,” the blow would be nearly unimaginable.