SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – Police who converged on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, said there are “multiple victims” dead inside the church, but currently no active threat after taking down the gunman identified as Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels.
In the latest report, at least 27 people have been killed and 30 people have been injured in the mass shooting.
KSAT.com reporter Erica Hernandez and KSAT-12’s Max Massey were the first to arrive at the church and have been sharing photos and videos as new details emerged.
Breaking news outside Floresville in Sutherland Springs a shooting inside a church with multiple victims.Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Sunday, November 5, 2017
LIVE: Latest in mass casualty shooting at a church outside Floresville.Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Sunday, November 5, 2017
At least six helicopters were called to the church -- located about 40 miles east of San Antonio -- transporting victims from the scene of the deadly shooting.
Neighbors nearby the church said they heard the shooting and that Kelley “may have reloaded multiple times.”
Neighbors say they heard shooter may have reloaded multiple times, around 50 people usually at service pic.twitter.com/tkAYMp2Y8A— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
According to the neighbors, the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church typically brings in “around 50 people” for Sunday morning service.
Just a little over an hour after the shooting was reported, police told KSAT’s Massey that the shooter Kelley is now “dead and there is no more active threat” to the area.
Police tell me shooter is dead and there is no more active threat pic.twitter.com/1QPX8uQtpY— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
FBI just arrived on the scene. The scene is getting pushed back. pic.twitter.com/vyIyNPZHou— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
FBI agents were seen arriving at the church, taping and blocking off the area as family and friends wait to hear if loved ones are safe.
Families in tears wait to see if their family and friends are safe. Praying for the safety of all those involved. pic.twitter.com/yjzK7lZJ1S— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
People are gathering at the Community Building learning what they can about their family and friends. Heartbreaking news and tears. pic.twitter.com/Rj55JKtTmG— KSAT Max Massey (@MaxMasseyTV) November 5, 2017
In a video captured by Massey, residents in tears were seen holding hands while praying for the victims.
This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT-12 and KSAT.com for more information as it becomes available.