26 Dead In What Authorities Are Calling the Largest Mass Shooting In Texas History

It’s being called the largest mass shooting in Texas history.  A gunman opened fire this morning outside and inside a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.  26 people are known dead.  The gunman is also dead, bringing the number of dead to 27.  Police are not sure if he took his own life or if he was shot by a next door neighbor of the church.  The scene of the shooting occurred at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.  Authorities have not identified the gunman.  But several News outlets have named him as 26-year-old Devin Kelly of nearby Comal County, Texas.

Authorities say the gunman took off after the shooting and was pursued by a neighbor of the church who heard the gunfire and grabbed his own weapon.  Police say the gunman fled in a car, crashed, and what later found dead in his vehicle in Guadalupe County.

All of the victims have not been identified, but authorities say they range in age from 5 to 70-years-old.  Among the is the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor of the church, Annabelle Renee Pomeroy.  In addition to those dead, there are at least another 20 people injured.  President Trump called the shooting tragic and called on the nation to pray for the victims and their families.

Renee Nash


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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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