A man dressed in all black and wearing a “ballistic vest” fired a Ruger semi-automatic rifle at a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. Victims were churchgoers as young as five and as old as 72.
The gunman was officially identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of neighboring Comal County, on Monday, confirming what law enforcement sources had reported the day before. Kelley died in the shooting. Law enforcement officials were working to search his home, with agents from the FBI and the ATF among those on the scene Sunday, officials told NBC News.
Twenty-three people were found dead inside the church, two were found outside and one victim died at the hospital, DPS Regional Director Freeman Martin said.
There were 12 to 14 children’s bodies found inside