What you need to know about the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting
AUSTIN, Texas — The shooting at a First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs left at least 26 people dead and at least 20 others injured.
The Texas shooting occurred on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2018.
The church is located at the corner of West Avenue and I-35.
The shooting was reported just before noon, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The attack was a church-related incident and no church services have been canceled.
The Associated Press first reported the shooting.
The AP could not independently verify the church shooting.
In addition to the fatalities, 20 people were treated at local hospitals.
The wounded were transported to local hospitals, the Department of State Health Services said.
Officials initially reported the incident as a domestic violence incident, but later clarified the information to be domestic.
“There is no indication that there was a domestic incident that led to the shooting at this church,” DSSHS Director John D. Cox said.
“This incident is an act of domestic terrorism.”
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the Sutherland Parish Sheriff’s Office said in part: The investigation into the shooting is continuing.
There are no additional suspects at this time.
“No information is available to indicate any further threats to the public or the community,” the statement read.
Authorities are investigating whether the gunman’s father, who has not been identified, knew his son, the sheriff’s office said.
A video of the shooting was posted to social media and has since gone viral.
In the video, a woman can be heard yelling at her daughter: “Get your head out of your ass, you’re going to get yourself killed.
You’re going, you got to get your mother out of here.
You got to take care of yourself.”
The video also shows a young boy being kicked in the head.
It also shows the mother’s face and the young boy’s blood-covered face.
The video ends with the man yelling, “Go back to where you came from, that’s where you belong.
Go back to your country.
You can’t come back to America.”
Sutherland Springs is about a two-hour drive south of Austin and about 35 miles northwest of Houston.
The community of about 800,000 is located just north of the Texas-Mexico border and about 30 miles west of San Antonio.
The FBI has not confirmed the man’s identity or motive.
On Sunday, the FBI confirmed it is assisting local authorities in the investigation.
A woman who answered the phone at the First Baptist church in Sutherland Oaks said she could not comment.
The area is about an hour south of the city of El Paso.
The local police department is also investigating the incident.
The shooter was identified as Devin Kelley, the father of a U.S. Air Force member killed in the Afghanistan war.
The gunman was armed with an AR-15-type rifle and was believed to have a cache of weapons, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Kelley had been a decorated U.N. soldier.
Kelley’s father and two siblings were killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
In a phone interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Kelley said he believed his son’s rampage was meant to send a message to the country.
“I don’t know if it’s just me, but this country is sick,” he said.
Kelley said his family was “troubled” by the attack.
“My wife and I are very much distraught,” Kelley said.
But he said he was not “in a mood to apologize” for the shooting, and that he did not feel any pressure from his family.
“It’s just another reminder that you can’t get away with killing innocent people in this country,” Kelley added.
Kelley was arrested last year for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, but he had a history of mental health issues, including a domestic dispute with his ex-wife.
Kelley is also believed to be connected to the 2016 shooting of a military police officer in Alabama, which occurred in the same city as the Sutherland Oaks shooting.