Sutherland Springs church shooting: What we know

Updated 6:52 AM EST, Tue November 7, 2017
Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people.(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people.(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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These two images widely distributed on social networks on November 06, 2017, allegedly show 26-year-old Devin Kelley who walked into the church in Sutherland Springs with an assault rifle on November 05, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more.    
Sunday's carnage in Sutherland Springs, a rural community of some 400 people southeast of San Antonio, came just five weeks after the worst gun massacre in modern US history, when a gunman killed 58 people at an open-air concert in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / OFF / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -  NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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These two images widely distributed on social networks on November 06, 2017, allegedly show 26-year-old Devin Kelley who walked into the church in Sutherland Springs with an assault rifle on November 05, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more. Sunday's carnage in Sutherland Springs, a rural community of some 400 people southeast of San Antonio, came just five weeks after the worst gun massacre in modern US history, when a gunman killed 58 people at an open-air concert in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / OFF / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -/AFP/Getty Images
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Presser update from Stockdale City Hall, on church shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, Multiple people have been killed and many more injured.   Exceptions: Embargo - Live signals of PLANNED, non-breaking news events - where TWC is the only affil covering the event live - are not available for distribution via Newsource live channels.  The live signal can, however, air live on CNN networks, and be turned as tape on Bitcentral once the event ends.  This policy can be overridden with special permission from the station.  Additional Embargo:    Additional Source(s):    Date Shot: 11/5/2017   Shipping/Billing Info:       Description:   Projects:   None  Cost Center:   Atlanta National Desk / 20100101    Created By: gemontgomery  On: 1509915475  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Presser update from Stockdale City Hall, on church shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, Multiple people have been killed and many more injured. Exceptions: Embargo - Live signals of PLANNED, non-breaking news events - where TWC is the only affil covering the event live - are not available for distribution via Newsource live channels. The live signal can, however, air live on CNN networks, and be turned as tape on Bitcentral once the event ends. This policy can be overridden with special permission from the station. Additional Embargo: Additional Source(s): Date Shot: 11/5/2017 Shipping/Billing Info: Description: Projects: None Cost Center: Atlanta National Desk / 20100101 Created By: gemontgomery On: 1509915475 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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A gunman killed 26 people and wounded 20 others at a Texas church Sunday morning in what Gov. Greg Abbott called the largest mass shooting in state history.

At one point, the shooter tried to get a license to carry a gun in Texas but was denied by the state, Abbott said, citing the director of Texas’ Department of Public Safety.

“So how was it that he was able to get a gun? By all the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun,” Abbott told CNN. “So how did this happen?”

How the attack unfolded

Around 11:30 a.m. local time, a man dressed in all black exited a vehicle and started firing a rifle outside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a Texas community of a few hundred people about 30 miles east of San Antonio, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

The gunman then entered the church, where services were underway, and continued to fire, officials said.

Eventually, as the gunman was leaving the church, a local resident who was armed with a rifle confronted the shooter, said Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Martin said there was an exchange of gunfire and the killer dropped his gun – a Ruger AR “assault-type rifle” – and sped away in a Ford Explorer. The armed resident, Stephen Willeford, hailed a man who was driving by and they pursued the shooter in a high-speed chase.

The gunman drove north into neighboring Guadalupe County, authorities said. Just across the county line, law enforcement officers found him dead inside his vehicle with gunshot wounds, Martin said.

Martin said an autopsy showed the shooter had three gunshot wounds: one in the