VIDEO: The latest on the Texas church shooting
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (KABB/WOAI) - Federal, state and local authorities held a press conference with the latest details in the tragic Sutherland Springs mass shooting. (Updated as of 10:30 a.m. Central time.)
Gunman didn't have a license to carry
Investigators said the man suspected of killing 26 people at a church service did not have a license to carry. Three firearms have been recovered. Officials said the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels, bought four firearms in total. Two were purchased in Colorado and two were purchased in Texas. He purchased one firearm per year between 2014 and 2017.
A spokeswoman with Academy Sports + Outdoors said Kelley purchased two of the guns from one of their stores in San Antonio, one in 2016 and one in 2017. She said the company "confirmed that both sales were approved by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)."
During the press conference Monday morning, officials said there was a "domestic situation" going on in the family and the shooting is not believed to be racially or politically charged. Kelley allegedly sent threatening messages to his mother-in-law, a congregant of the church. There is not a terrorism investigation open at this time.
There is video from inside the church
Investigators said that although there is very little of it, there is video from inside the church. It is currently being reviewed as part of the investigation.
The Texas Rangers are the lead agency handling the investigation. They said of the 26 people killed in the massacre, 23 were killed inside the church, two were killed outside, and one person passed away at a hospital. Officials said the names of all the victims would be released once next of kin were notified. The victims ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old.
Twenty were injured; of those, 10 people remain in critical condition, four remain in serious condition, and six are either in stable condition or have been released. All bodies have been removed from the church. A Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman said the hospital has received eight patients -- six adults and two minors. All have significant injuries. Seven of those patients were transported via ambulance and one was airlifted.
Although no names have been released, many family members have come forward to identify the ones they've lost.
A Good Samaritan helped chase the shooter
After the shooting inside the church, investigators said Kelley exchanged gunfire with a Good Samaritan. He was injured but still managed to get into an SUV and drive away. Investigators said Kelley placed a call to his father and said he thought he might not survive. He then shot himself. The cause of his death remains under investigation.
KABB/WOAI spoke to one of the men who helped chase Kelley before he crashed his car in a field near the county line and died.
“I did what I thought I needed to do,” said Johnnie Langendorff. “They said that there’s a shooting. I pursued and I just, just did what I thought was the right thing to do.”
The gunman previously worked at H-E-B and Schlitterbahn
Kelley was previously employed with H-E-B and Schlitterbahn. Schlitterbahn released the following statement.:
We, like the rest of our community, were horrified to learn of the tragedy in Sutherland Springs at the First Baptist Church. We are keeping everyone impacted by this malicious act in our thoughts and our prayers.
Devin Patrick Kelley worked briefly – 5 1/2 weeks - this summer at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels as a seasonal unarmed night security guard. His employment was terminated.
All our security guards must pass a criminal background check through the Texas Department of Public Safety.
H-E-B said Kelley worked at an undisclosed location for two months in 2013.