BREAKING: Texas church shooting suspect identified

Update 6:52 p.m.:

Officials said during a press conference that a local pursued the suspect, leading him to drop his weapon. It’s unclear whether the suspect, who was found dead inside a vehicle, killed himself or was killed by the local.

Update 6:45 p.m.:

Contradicting previous reports, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that 26 people are confirmed dead. Victims’ ages range from 5- to 72-years-old.

Officials aren’t releasing a motive at this time.

Update 5:53 p.m.:

CBS News is reporting that the suspect is identified as Devin Patrick Kelley.

According to the Daily Beast, a LinkedIn possibly belonging to Kelley served in the U.S. Airforce from 2009 to 2013. After that, he briefly worked at a Bible summer school.

The publication provided additional information about Kelley:

“Kelley, 26, was a resident of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, according to public records. Kelley was married and Kelley’s mother-in-law listed a P.O. box in Sutherland Springs as a mailing address.”

Update 5:40 p.m.: 

Preliminary reports indicated that the Texas church shooter is a white male in his mid 20’s from San Antonio.

Update 5:33 p.m.:

At least one pregnant woman is being listed among the 27 killed Sunday, according to multiple reports. CBS News reported that a 6-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot multiple times and undergoing surgery.

Update 5:27 p.m.:

The San Antonio Express-News reports that authorities are checking for explosive devices at the shooting suspect’s home. It’s currently unclear where the home is located but the publication said that K9 units are carrying out the search.

Update 4:50 p.m.:

First Baptist Church pastor Frank Pomeroy revealed to ABC that his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, is among the dead.

Original Story:

At least 27 people were killed Sunday morning when a gunman entered a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church and opened fire, officials said.

According to the BBC, Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. confirmed the number of fatalities to reporters. As many as 24 people were reportedly injured in Sunday’s deadly shootout at First Baptist Church.

“My heart is broken,” Gamez said, adding that the death count will probably rise.

“We never think where it can happen, and it does happen. It doesn’t matter where you’re at. In a small community, real quiet and everything, and look at this, what can happen.”

KSAT reported that unidentified shooter was killed following a short pursuit, however, it’s unclear whether they took their own life or was killed by police. Witnesses recalled seeing a man enter the Baptist church in “full gear” just before 11:30 a.m., according to the Daily Mail.

Another witness, Carrie Matula told NBC News that she was about 50 yards away from the church when she heard “semi-automatic gunfire.”

Survivors are reportedly being transported to Brooke Army Medical Center via medical helicopter. The condition of those wounded—including a 2-year-old—is unknown at this time, KENS reported.

Though only one shooter was reported, the FBI is investigating other possibilities, according to the BBC.

“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted.

This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for more information as it becomes available.

[Featured image: AP Photo/Darren Abate]