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Sutherland Springs is a small town in South Texas, about 35 miles east of San Antonio. Parishioners present at the First Baptist Church's 11 a.m. service Sunday morning — when the shooter attacked — were likely all members of Sutherland Spring's small community of well under 1,000 people. The church's pastor told ABC that his 14-year-old daughter, a "very beautiful, special child," was among those killed.
Helicopters arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting occurred to transport victims to local hospitals. The local community center has been turned into a resource center for families of the victims to wait for information as authorities are still treating the church as an active crime scene.
This was the worst church shooting in U.S. history.
UPDATE 7:35pm SundayThe shooter’s name Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas and said the Air Force court martial occurred only three years ago. Although the motive was not yet clear, the gunman’s background includes religious school work, but he also liked pages devoted to atheism. The shooter, who is dead, left behind disturbing social media posts, including a Facebook page that showed off a rifle, calling it a “bad b*tch.” This latest is from internet reports not verified yet by adamfoxie*