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Children Among 26 Confirmed Dead In Texas Church Shooting

The gunman responsible for killing at least 26 people, including children, after walking into a church and opening fire in Texas has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley.

It happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town of about 400 people about 50 kilometres south of San Antonio, during Sunday morning service.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during a press conference that 26 people had been killed.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez, jnr, said the gunman was chased into the next county and was killed, but it wasn’t clear whether if it was self-inflicted or if police shot him.


Texas Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar said the man, “went there, he walked in, started shooting people and then took off.”

David Keen, a constable in Wilson County, confirmed there were casualties and said, "there were kids involved".

Joseph Silva, 49, who lives about seven kilometres north-east of Sutherland Springs, described the place as "a one-blinking-light town".

"There is a gas station and a post office," he said.

"That's about all there really is."

The official says investigators are looking at social media posts Kelley may have made in the days before the attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.

The US official says Kelly lived in a suburb of San Antonio and he doesn't appear to be linked to organised terrorist groups.

History of mass shootings in the US



October 2, 2017 - At least 59 dead and 527 injured after a gunman fired at a concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.



June 12, 2016 - A gunman fatally shoots 49 people at gay nightclub Pulse before he is shot dead by police



April 16, 2007 - A gunman slaughters 32 people and kills himself at Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg, Virginia



November 5, 2017 - More than 20 reportedly killed when a shooter opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio.



December 14, 2012 - A man shoots dead his mother, then kills 20 children, six adults and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut



December 2, 2015 - A husband and wife kill 14 people at a workplace holiday party in San Bernardino in Southern California before dying in a shootout with police



April 20, 1999 - Two teenagers rampage through Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, shooting dead 12 students and a teacher and wounding more than 20 others before killing themselves



April 3, 2009 - A Vietnamese immigrant opens fire at an immigrant services centre in Binghamton, New York, killing 13 people and wounding four. He then kills himself



November 5, 2009 - An army major and psychiatrist opens fire at Fort Hood, a US Army base in Texas, killing 13 people. He is sentenced to death



September 16, 2013 - A former Navy reservist working as a government contractor kills 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. He is shot dead by police



July 20, 2012 - A masked gunman kills 12 people and wounds 70 when he opens fire at a midnight premiere of Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Denver. He receives a life sentence



October 2002 - Two men ambush 13 people, killing 10 of them, in sniper-style shootings that terrorise the Washington area for three weeks. One sniper was executed and the other was sentenced to life in prison



October 1, 2015 - A man opens fire on the Umpqua Community College campus in southwest Oregon, killing nine people before he is shot dead by police



June 17, 2015 - A white supremacist kills nine black churchgoers at a historic, predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina



May 17, 2015 - Rival motorcycle gangs kill nine at a restaurant in Waco, Texas. More than 170 people are arrested



August 5, 2012 - A white supremacist kills six worshippers in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The gunman kills himself



January 8, 2011 - Then-US representative Gabrielle Giffords is the target of an assassination attempt by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona. Six people are killed and 13, including Giffords, are wounded



October 2, 2006 - A gunman kills five girls in a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, before killing himself.

Fairfax, AAP

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