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26 people died in a Texas Baptist church (USA) as a result of a shooting initiated by an unidentified person, local authorities reported.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, confirmed that 26 people died in the shooting started this Sunday (05.11.2017) by a person in a Baptist church in Texas (USA), and that has also left dozens of wounded.
A man opened fire in the church during the mass. According to one witness, at least 20 shots were heard. The incident occurred in a temple in Sutherland Springs, 45 kilometers southeast of San Antonio (Texas), where there is reported to be a strong police presence following the events, including the FBI.
As a result of the shooting, 23 people died inside the church, two more outside and one later in a local hospital.
Authorities said the ages of the 26 victims range from 5 to 72 years old, one of whom is Annabel Pomeroy, the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor of the Frank Pomeroy church.
Shooting author is dead
The authorities indicated that it is being investigated whether the attacker, who died shortly after the shooting, belonged to a criminal organization and only announced that he was a man of just over 20 years of age.
Although the authorities did not disclose the name of the attacker, several US media have identified him as Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old white man who died after a brief persecution.
Freeman Martin, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at the press conference that the attacker was dressed completely in black and was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Trump follows the news from Japan
On the other hand, the president of EE. UU., Donald Trump, who is on tour in Japan, said he was following from there the situation in the town of Sutherland Springs.
“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas The FBI and the law enforcement agencies are on the ground, I’m following the situation from Japan,” Trump wrote in his official Twitter account from Tokyo, where they were little more than 5 o’clock in the morning.
It all started towards noon.
Then, the man who perpetrated the worst shooting in the history of the state of Texas, in the United States, was at a gas station about to head towards a church with an assault rifle.
He killed at least 26 people and wounded 20 others for reasons that are unknown . He also died in the incident.
Stop at the gas station
At 11:20 local time (17:20 GMT), the alleged attacker is seen at a gas stationof the Valero chain , in the small town of Sutherland Springs, of about 400 inhabitants.
He is dressed all in black.
Shortly thereafter, he crosses the street in his vehicle to the First Baptist Church, where shortly before Sunday Mass had begun .
Road to the church
The attacker leaves his car and starts firing towards the church.
He goes to the right side of the temple and continues firing.
Then, he decides to enter.
In the church, shoot the believers who attended the mass. There die 23 people .
The aggressor leaves the church and in the street he runs into a neighbor in the area, who confronts him.
The resident grabs his rifle and confronts him , which causes the attacker to throw away his assault weapon and attempt to flee in his car.
The citizen apparently follows him.
Soon after, the attacker leaves the road at the height of the boundary between Wilson County, to which Sutherland Springs belongs, and Guadalupe County, and crashes.
The authorities find him dead in his vehicle. It is unknown if he committed suicide or died by the shots of the resident who confronted him when leaving the church.
They find more firearms in the car.
The attacker, a white man of more than 20 years
In a subsequent press conference, Freeman Martin, regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the attacker was a white man, between 20 and 30 years of age.
He used an assault rifle and wore a bulletproof vest .
The American media, citing police sources, identify him as Devin Patrick Kelly , a 26-year-old man, but for now the data was not confirmed by the authorities.
The victims, between 5 and 72 years old
The authorities did not disclose the identity of the victims, but they specified that their age ranges between 5 and 72 years of age.
The majority perished inside the church, two of them did it outside the church and one more later.
It is known that among the dead is the daughter of the pastor of the church, Annabelle, who was only 14 years old , as confirmed by his father to ABC.