More Than A Dozen Children Believed To Be Victims At Sutherland Springs

Nov 6, 2017

Updated at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 12

Of the roughly 20 wounded, nine patients were brought to University Hospital after Sunday’s shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Three children and two adults remain, ranging in age from 4 to 57. Their conditions range from serious to critical.

Three adults were treated and released. One pediatric patient died, according to hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Allen. Allen could not confirm if the child was among the 26 dead.

Some of those suffering life-threatening injuries were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Brigadier General Jeffery Johnson said they received eight patients from the church.

“We see a wide range of injuries; all of them needed to go to our emergency rooms yesterday,” Johnson said.

Other shooting victims were taken to University Hospital, another San Antonio trauma center.  

When Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt was asked to describe the scene at the church, he said: "When I walked in, I saw a lot of bodies lying around. Some mothers were trying to cover their children. It was just bad."

Tackitt said the suspect’s in-laws occasionally attend the First Baptist Church, but they weren’t there at the time. Tackitt said no one in the church was armed. The suspect has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels.

During an 10:15 a.m. news conference, authorities said Kelley had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church. Evidence at the scene also leads authorities to believe Kelley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he crashed his car.

Kelley also used his cellphone to tell his father that he had been shot and didn’t think he would survive. ATF database had no disqualifying factors to keep Devin Kelley from buying a gun

This story will be updated

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Reporters Ryan Poppe and Paul Flahive contributed to this report.

Vince Kong can be reached at vince@tpr.org or on Twitter @teamvincek

CORRECTION: The headline was updated to better reflect the information provided during the initial investigation. It was later revealed eight children, including a unborn, were killed in the shooting.