Sutherland Springs Resident Shot at, Helped Take Down Church Shooter

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CALLIE RICHMOND / NEW YORK TIMES
  • Callie Richmond / New York Times
Update at 1:15 p.m., Monday:

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CBS News that shooter Devin Patrick Kelley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Original story:

Devin Patrick Kelley is responsible for the deaths of at least 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Sunday morning, although that number could have been higher if not for the actions of a local resident.

Freeman Martin, the regional director for the Department of Public Safety, said Kelley parked his car at a gas station across the street from the church and began shooting. The shots continued as he approached and went into the church.

After shooting in the middle of the 11 am service, witnesses say a man who lives next door to the church began shooting at Kelley as he tried to escape. A witness, resident Kevin Jordan, told KENS5 that the neighbor shot at Kelley while taking cover.

The man, who remains unnamed, got Kelley to drop the assault rifle he used inside the church, but the shooter was able to flee the scene in his vehicle. The resident pursued Kelley in his own vehicle with law enforcement also responding to 911 calls to apprehend Kelley, a New Braunfels resident.

Kelley later crashed his vehicle close to the Wilson-Guadalupe County line. He was later found inside the vehicle, already dead. It's not yet confirmed whether his death was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or whether the wound was caused by gunfire by the local resident.


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