Church shooting in Wilson County leaves 26 dead


WILSON COUNTY — Authorities have identified the man who killed 26 people inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday as Devin Kelley, 26.

About 20 people were also wounded in the shooting, various Wilson County commissioners said. Those killed range in age from five to 72 years old.

Officials said Kelley, dressed in tactical gear, began the shooting spree outside the church. He then walked inside and continued shooting, before fleeing in a vehicle.

Authorities found him dead with a gunshot wound in neighboring Guadalupe County, officials said.

“The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office sends our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy,” Sheriff Matt Atkinson said.

Anyone wishing to help Sutherland Springs and the community through financial means, the Commerce Bank Texas in Stockdale is accepting donations.

According to Dan Conroy, CEO of Commerce Bank Texas, in Stockdale, a relief fund for the benefit of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs has been opened. All proceeds will go to the benefit of the church, victims and affected families; and will be managed jointly with a partner church, First Baptist Church of Stockdale. Tax deductible donations may be made out to First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs and be sent to Commerce Bank Texas P.O. Box 97 Stockdale, Texas 78160.