Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead, 8 from same family.




26 people are dead in Texas church shooting on Sunday. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County.The massacre left about 20 others wounded

The victimes were aged from five to 72.

Johnnie Langendorff told local media he had chased the gunman after seeing “two men exchanging gunfire”.

“The shooter… fled in his vehicle, the other gentleman came and said we need to pursue him.”

Mr Langendorff said: “I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened. I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being a citizen of the community.

“He came to my vehicle in distress with his weapon. He explained very quickly what happened. He got into the truck and I knew that it was time to go.”

He said the pair had driven at speeds of up to 153km/h until the gunman lost control of his car and crashed. “We led police to him,” he said. “Everybody else was headed to the church.”

The suspected gunman was later found dead in his vehicle but it is unclear if he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or from injuries received when fired on. The car contained several weapons.

Police identified the gunman only as a “young, white male” but US media named him as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26.

Kelley is reported to have been discharged from the US air force in 2014 following a court martial for assaulting his wife and child.The motive for the killings is not yet clear.

Speaking from Japan, President Donald Trump expressed condolences for the victims during a Monday news conference and said he believes the shooting was caused by a “mental health problem,” not an issue with US gun laws.