**UPDATE** (5:58 PM EST)
Devin Patrick Kelley has been identified as the gunman who killed at least over 20 people at a church in Texas, a U.S. official told The Daily Beast and reported just moments ago.
The Daily Beast reports Kelley, 26, was a resident of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, according to public records. He was married and Kelley’s mother-in-law listed a P.O. box in Sutherland Springs as a mailing address. A LinkedIn account that looks to belong to Kelley describes him as serving in the U.S. Air Force from the year he graduated high school (2009) until 2013. It also shows he taught at a summer Bible school, per their report here. The cover photo of his alleged Facebook profile eerily displays a gun that appears to be an assault rifle. You can see it below:
Several people were shot at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Witnessess and Law Enforcement have confirmed the reports. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt the gunman is dead after a brief pursuit with authorities. Tackitt said the man entered the church and opened fire.
Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told the media that at least 27 people have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to rise.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence responded moments ago:
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Karen & I send prayers to victims & their families in TX.We grieve w/ you & stand w/ resolve against evil. Thank you to the first responders
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) November 5, 2017
Here is video from one witness on the scene:
Shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. pic.twitter.com/FclGfvwOx9
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) November 5, 2017
CBS interviewed a business owner in the area doesn’t know exactly what happened but said she saw a ton of sheriff’s vehicles and ambulances racing down the road. She also witnessed helicopters airlifting people from the scene and heavy presence of police
Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they were responding to the shooting.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted just moments ago about the incident.
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon,” Abbott tweeted Sunday.
Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017
We will provide more details as they come.