More than two dozen dead at mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs


AFTER I HEARD THE GUNSHOTS, AND HE SHOT AT ME, I TOOK MY WIFE AND SON AND LOCKED US UP IN THE BATHROOMERIN:BULLETS FLYING INSIDE A SMALL TEXAS CHURCH… SHERIFF JOE TACKITT: WE ALL IN HERE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. AND IT’S SOMETHING WE ALL SAY DOES NOT HAPPEN IN SMALL COMMUNITIES. BUT WE FOUND OUT TODAY IT DOES. A GUNMAN — TARGETTING A HOUSE OF WORSHIP — PACKED WITH PEOPLE.GUADALUPE COUNTY SHERIFF THERE’S NO REASON FOR IT, BUT THAT’S THE WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAYERIN: WE WANT TO GET YOU UPDATED HERE ON FACEBOOK LIVE WITH THE VERY LATEST INFORMATION ON THE MASS SHOOTING DURING A CHURCH SERVICE IN SUTHERLAND SPRINGS. WE’VE LEARNED NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOOTER IN THE LAST 15 MINUTES — WE’LL GET TO THAT — BUT FIRST A QUICK OVERVIEW OF WHAT WE KNOW.THE DEATH TOLL – IS AT 26…AND DOZENS MORE ARE INJURED. SUTHERLAND SPRINGS A SMALL TOWN ABOUT 30 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN ANTONIO.THEIR POPULATION — LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND.CARRIE MATULA: “IT WAS RAPID FIRE…BOOM…BOOM… BOOM …..BOOM….BOOM….BOOM AND YOU COULD HEAR THAT THERE WAS IMPACT AND THERE WAS RICOCHET TOO.”HERE’S A LOOK AT THE TIMELINE…THE FIRST SHOTS WERE REPORTED AT 11-20 THIS MORNING, 20 MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE STARTED.D-P-S SAYS THE SHOOTER WAS PARKED AT A GAS STATION ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.THEN WALKED OVER AND STARTED FIRING OUTSIDE.HE MOVED OVER TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BUILDING, KEPT FIRING AND THEN WENT INSIDE — CONTINUING TO PULL THE TRIGGER.DPS SAYS AS THE GUNMAN WAS LEAVING — SOMEONE STANDING OUTSIDE THE CHURCH — GRABBED HIS RIFLE.THE SUSPECT DROPPED IT, AND TOOK OFF.THAT PERSON WHO GRABBED HIS GUN — FOLLOWED HIM.HERE’S WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUND THE SUSPECT A SHORT TIME LATER — DEAD.HIS CAR WAS CRASHED IN A DITCH ON THE WILSON-GUADALUPE COUNTY LINE.THIS SPOT IS LESS THAN 10 MILES FROM THE CHURCH.IT’S STILL NOT CLEAR IF HE SHOT HIMSELF — OR IF SOMEONE ELSE SHOT HIM.MORE THAN 20 PEOPLE ARE BEING TREATED AT HOSPITALS IN THE AREA.THE VICTIMS RANGE FROM FIVE TO 72 YEARS OLD. SEVERAL GROUPS ARE INVESTIGATING, INCLUDING THE TEXAS RANGERS, THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS AND DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT: AS GOVERNOR I ASK FOR EVERY MOM AND DAD AT HOME TONIGHT, THAT YOU PUT YOUR ARM AROUND YOUR KID AND GIVE YOUR KID A BIG HUG AND LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM KNOWING THAT WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER. TELL YOUR FRIEND AND YOUR

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