On Sunday morning, November 5th, 2017, a gunman walked into a First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire on the congregation which consisted of innocent children, elderly parishioners and families. He ruthlessly murdered 27 people and injured at least 15 others with ages ranging from 5 to 72 years old. One of the victims has been identified as the pastors 14 year old daughter.
The terrorist, now identified as Devin Kelley was found dead in his vehicle a few miles from the scene. When he walked out of the church, one of the local neighbors opened fire on him. The shooter tried to flee the scene, but the neighbor jumped in his vehicle and pursued him. By the time that law enforcement arrived, the shooter was deceased in his vehicle. It is not clear if he died from self inflicted wounds or if he died from the gun fight with the local hero.
The terrorist was ex-military. He was dis-honorably discharged from the Air Force for assaulting his wife and her child. He served a year in military prison. Both the prison sentence and the discharge made him legally ineligible to purchase a gun. Authorities are not sure how he purchased the semi-automatic weapon, but he posted it on his social media account days before the tragedy.
This is the second terrorist attack in one week, following the murder of 8 innocent people in the park near the World Trade Center in New York earlier in the week, when another terrorist drove a rented van into a crowd of people walking down the sidewalk. And another terrorist attack, the second deadliest since 9/11 when an armed shooter gunned down 80 innocent people attending an outdoor concert in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. This church shooting is now the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history. With all of that being said, no gun laws have been changed. No major moves have been made from the United Stated government to put an end to this. Just a few tweets and press conferences from Donald Trump. When will this end? Our sincere prayers for the victims of all of these senseless terrorist attacks and their grieving families. May God protect us all.