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A gunman opened fire during church services in the Wilson County community of Sutherland Springs Sunday morning, killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 ranging in age from 18 months to 77 years. Gov. Greg Abbott has called the incident the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.
The horrific incident that unfolded Sunday morning was the most recent of a series of mass shootings in the United States. A gunman opened fire on an open-air music festival on the Las Vegas strip in early October, killing at least 58 and injuring more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The 2016 massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando claimed 49 lives, and a 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 20 children and six adults.
Texas and San Antonio have been the site of mass killings in the past, including the ambush shooting that killed five Dallas police officers in July 2016. The map below shows the locations of mass killings in Texas.
The deadliest mass shooting in Texas to date took place in Killeen in October 1991, when George Jo Hennard drove his pickup truck through the front window of a Luby’s restaurant. He shot and killed 23 people and wounded 27 others. After refusing to surrender, Hennard engaged in a brief shootout with police and then fatally shot himself.
In 1979, Ira Attebury opened fire from inside his recreational vehicle during the Battle of Flowers Parade near downtown San Antonio, killing two and injuring 51. In 1966, University of Texas at Austin student Charles Whitman ascended the university’s iconic bell tower and opened fire on the campus below. Seventeen people, including Whitman, lost their lives on Aug. 1, 1966; an 18th victim died in 2001 from related injuries and 31 were injured in the massacre.
Officials on Monday identified the Sutherland gunman as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of New Braunfels, who began firing outside the First Baptist Church sometime after 11 a.m. Sunday, then entered the building and fired into the crowd of worshipers, said Freeman Martin, Texas Department of Public Safety’s Region 6 director.
“There was a domestic situation within [the suspect’s] family,” Martin said Monday. “[The incident was] not racially motivated [and it] wasn’t over religious beliefs.”
Kelley, who received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force, tried to obtain a license to carry a gun in Texas, but was denied by the State, Abbott told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Monday morning.
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