26 people have been killed by a gunman who walked into a Texas church in a rural town 30 miles outside San Antonio, Tex. Sunday and opened fire.
Governor of Texas Greg Abbott reported the death toll. A pregnant woman and children were among those killed.
A witness said she heard about 20 shots in rapid succession around 11:30 a.m. local time while church service was in session.
The shooter Devin Patrick Kelley 26 of age. Was shot twice, then he shot his self in the head
According to David Keen, a constable with Wilson County, Tex., the gunman is dead. According to the New York Times, the shooter was 26 years old and has been identified by police as a resident of Comal County, northeast of San Antonio. The town of Sutherland Springs, where the shooting took place, has a small population in the low hundreds — the current death toll represents about 7% of the population.
Local reports indicate that the man entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs and began firing. A spokeswoman for the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Tex., said that patients had b
een received there and that the hospital had activated its emergency response team.
As per USA Today, the team's coach Gregg Popovich didn't censor himself during a post-game interview, saying that winning a basketball game is "pretty meaningless" when considering the severity of the Sutherland Springs shooting. "When you think about the tragedy that those families are suffering, it's just inconceivable and impossible to put your head around," Popovich said. "So I think talking about basketball tonight is probably pretty inappropriate." The Spurs, whose home in San Antonio is less than an hour's drive from the church that saw its service interrupted by unspeakable violence, held a moment of silence before tipoff of Sunday night's game. Center Pau Gasol, 37 also expressed his "deepest condolences to the victims' families" via Twitter before taking the court.
“I think anyone and everyone has to be concerned about your own well-being,” Gasol, a native Spaniard, added later. “Any person in this country has to be concerned [...] Going to a concert, taking your kids to school, going to church. You name it. What can you do that you’re safe?" He continued by commenting on the repetitive nature of these kinds of events in the United States, which seem like an almost daily occurrence. "It’s not something every 20 years. It seems like it happens once every week or two weeks," added Gasol. "At what point do we say enough?"