A look inside Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church before mass shooting

Church members upload church service every Sunday on YouTube

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist
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Courtesy: First Baptist Church YouTube page

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas - Every Sunday after every service for more than three years, the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, shared the word of God in a recorded video and uploaded it on its official YouTube page. 

However, this Sunday will likely be the first time the church will not upload its recorded service with the possibility of video capturing the moment when a gunman -- identified Sunday evening as Devin Patrick Kelley, of New Braunfels -- opened fire on its members, killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 others. 

The first victim named in the deadly shooting is 14-year-old Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, daughter of First Baptist Church pastor Frank Pomeroy, according to ABC News. 

In last Sunday’s service, the small Texas church shared from Pomeroy’s message saying, “10-29-2017 -- Proverbs 3 -- You Don't Need Training Wheels, You Need Christ!” 

The church – just 40 miles east of San Antonio – has uploaded more than 165 videos on its YouTube page with the first one being uploaded on Oct. 19, 2014, titled: “10-19-2014 -- Mark 13 -- Hated for the Gospel.”

A witness who was near the church reported seeing Kelley walk into First Baptist Church and begin shooting around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Just an hour after the shooting, police said Kelley was dead after a brief pursuit and there was no active threat to the surrounding areas. 

Some eight survivors were taken to Brooke Army Medical Center via medical helicopter. Their conditions are not known.

The FBI and the Texas Rangers, as well as agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, have secured the area around the church and are still investigating.

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