Dozens dead after shooting rampage in Texas church

Dozens dead after shooting rampage in Texas church

At least 26 people were killed in the shooting

Monday, November 6, 2017

At least 26 people have died after a gunman opened fire on a church in Texas. 

The rampage began just after 11:20 am (4:20 GMT) on Sunday, in the town of Sutherland Springs outside of San Antonio. 

A spokesman from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Freeman Martin, said the shooter had been dressed in all black tactical gear, equipped with a ballistic vest and an assault rifle.

Martin said the gunman - named in US media as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley - arrived at a petrol station near to the church before crossing the street and launching his attack. 

An armed resident and another local are reported to have fired a shot at the suspect as he was leaving and proceeded to chase him. 

The gunman was later found dead in his car. It's not clear if the gunshot he died from was self-inflicted, or from the armed man chasing him.

The names of the victims from the attack on the First Baptist Church continue to be identified.

One of the youngest people killed in the incident was only five years old, while the eldest was 72. 

Kelley has been reported to have been court-martialed for assaulting his wife and child in 2014 and subsequently discharged from the US Air Force.

President Donald Trump has condemned the attack in a press conference, and said on Twitter he was monitoring the situation from Japan.