Sutherland Springs church shooting

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Sutherland Springs church shooting
Part of mass shootings in the United States
LocationFirst Baptist Church
216 4th Street
Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates29°16′24″N 98°03′23″W / 29.2732°N 98.0564°W / 29.2732; -98.0564Coordinates: 29°16′24″N 98°03′23″W / 29.2732°N 98.0564°W / 29.2732; -98.0564
DateNovember 5, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-11-05)
c. 11:20 a.m. – c. 11:31 a.m.[1] (CST)
Attack type
Mass shooting, murder–suicide, mass murder
Deaths27 (including the perpetrator and an unborn child)
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorDevin Patrick Kelley
DefenderStephen Willeford

On November 5, 2017, a mass shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, United States.[2][3]

The gunman reportedly entered the church around 11:30 am CST and started firing.[4] The shooter was killed after a chase with local law enforcement. At least 27 people were killed including the man who did the shooting.[4] One of the victims was the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. At least 30 people were injured in the shooting.[5]

The shooting is the deadliest at a church in U.S. history. More people were killed than in the Charleston church shooting in South Carolina in 2015.[6]

President Donald Trump was in Japan at the time of the attack. He tweeted, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan."[7][8]

A few hours after the shooting, it was learned that the shooter was 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley.[9] He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2009 to 2013 before being told to leave.[10] For a short time he was an unpaid helper at a Vacation Bible School in Kingsville, Texas.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. Medina, Steve Spriester, Mariah (February 6, 2018). "700 rounds in 11 minutes: Sutherland Springs survivor says he's amazed he's alive". KSAT.
  2. Shadrock, Chris, Erica Hernandez, Max Massey, and Van Darden (November 5, 2017). "Man who opened fire in Sutherland Springs church now dead, police say". KSAT. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  3. Andone, Dakin, Kaylee Hartung, and Sheena Jones. "FBI responding to scene of a shooting outside San Antonio, Texas". CNN. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "'Mass shooting' at church in Texas". BBC News. November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  5. Nestel, M. L. (November 5, 2017). "At least 20 dead and 30 injured in Texas church shooting". ABCNews. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  6. Weill, Kelly (November 5, 2017). "Deadliest Church Shooting in American History Kills More Than 20 in Texas". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  7. Pilkington, Ed (November 5, 2017). "'Multiple deaths' in shooting at Baptist church in south Texas – sheriff". The Guardian. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  8. Donald J. Trump [@realDonaldTrump] (November 5, 2017). "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. David, Everett Rosenfeld, Javier E. (November 5, 2017). "Authorities identify gunman in the Texas church massacre".
  10. Winter, Jana; Weill, Kelly; Bertness, Sarah (November 5, 2017). "Devin Patrick Kelley ID'd as Sutherland Springs Church Killer". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  11. "Sutherland Springs church killer reportedly identified as Devin Patrick Kelley" New York Daily News, November 5, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.