DOJ appeals ruling that mostly blames Air Force for Sutherland Springs church shooting
The Department of Justice on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that determined that the US Air Force was mostly to blame for the 2017 shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs that left 26 people dead and 22 wounded.
Wife of Sutherland Spring’s church shooter takes stand as trial begins in lawsuit against the U.S. government
The families allege that failure by the U.S. Air Force to properly flag shooter Devin Kelley in a national background check database allowed Kelley to lawfully obtain the weapon used in the slayings.
New documentary about Sutherland Springs mass shooting to be released in theaters this week
SAN ANTONIO – The deadliest mass shooting in Texas history is now the subject of a new documentary. Documentary filmmaker Charlie Minn, who last year released a film about the El Paso Walmart mass shooting, is the director/producer for “Miracle on 4th Street.”The film features interviews with many of the victims’ families, survivors, first responders and community members. This is the first time a documentary has been made about the church shooting on Nov. 5, 2017. The documentary will also be shown in theaters in San Antonio, Cibolo, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Pleasanton, and Schertz beginning Friday, Feb. 26. For showtimes and a list of the theaters, visit the film’s website.
The 9@9: Presidential election; protests overnight; Sutherland Springs shooting anniversary
The 9@9: Presidential election; protests overnight; Sutherland Springs shooting anniversaryPublished: November 5, 2020, 9:53 amThe 9@9 features some of the biggest stories making headlines at home, around the country and across the globe. Here’s what’s trending.
Remembering the Sutherland Springs tragedy 3 years later
Three years ago, the nation wasn’t focused on the next race for the White House. And possibly no one could have understood that a global health crisis would have killed more than 230,000 Americans, including more than 18,300 Texans. On Nov. 5, 2017, the nation was gripped by an unspeakable tragedy at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. There, 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at the church, located in the city just southeast of Bexar County. Eighteen months after the tragedy, a new First Baptist Church building opened to members of the community.
Filmmaker working on Sutherland Springs documentary titled Miracle on Fourth Street'
FLORESVILLE, Texas A hotel suite in Floresville became a makeshift studio for a series of interviews for a new documentary about the states worst mass shooting. On November 5, 2017, 26 people were killed during a Sunday morning worship service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. The film is extremely survivor-driven without one mention of the killer, said filmmaker Charlie Minn.The 13th Man revisits 1999 Texas A&M bonfire collapseMinn said he titled the documentary "Miracle on Fourth Street," to pay tribute to where the church is located. Uhl's 16-year-old daughter, Hayley, was killed not long after Uhl dropped her off at the church she attended twice a week. After being contacted by the church about the documentary, Uhl said she agreed because "I feel like everybody should know Hayley's story and the person Hayley was."
18 months after shooting, Sutherland Springs church to unveil new worship center
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – More than 18 months after an unspeakable tragedy, the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will celebrate a redemptive triumph Sunday. The church will hold a dedication to mark the opening of its new worship center starting at 11 a.m., which will officially culminate a fundraising and construction project initiated after a shooting at the previous worship center on Nov. 5, 2017. On that day, 26 people were killed and 20 others injured when a gunman opened fire in the church during a Sunday service. The new worship center will feature two towers, one for the church bell and the other for a prayer space. A memorial room honoring the 26 victims also has been built.
Senior class BBQ fundraiser benefits Sutherland Springs community
SAN ANTONIO – Rather than raise money for its class activities like it’s done every year, the senior class at San Antonio Christian School raised in excess of $4,000 for the grief-stricken community of Sutherland Springs. “It’s just so great to come out as a class and come together to work toward something other than ourselves,” said Joshua Pink, the senior who organized the Friday event. Pink invited Frank Pomeroy, pastor of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, to be there to accept the donation. Despite the terrible loss the day of the Sutherland Springs shooting, Pomeroy had a heartfelt message for the nearly 500 students who were at the barbecue fundraiser. But it’s in those times that we find ourselves at our highest point of faith,” Pink said.
KSAT-12 News special 'After Sutherland Springs' airs Tuesday at 9 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO – A KSAT-12 special will examine the aftermath of the shooting inside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where 26 parishioners were killed during Sunday morning church services Nov. 5. Life 'After Sutherland Springs'Much of the special, called "After Sutherland Springs," focuses on the fallout of the shooting, including how the gunman was able to buy guns because his conviction for domestic violence and stay at a mental hospital did not turn up in background checks. The coverage also includes a look at how other mass shooters were able to get their hands on guns. CLICK HERE TO SEE KSAT-12'S COVERAGE OF SUTHERLAND SPRINGS"That's probably the worst scene I've ever seen," FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs said. Finally, "After Sutherland Springs" includes messages of hope from First Baptist's Pastor Frank Pomeroy and other local religious leaders who want people to continue to believe in the good of others and not to give in to fear.
Mother mourns 16-year-old daughter killed in church shooting
Related: Funeral information released for church shooting victimsHaley was one of nine children, including an unborn baby, killed in Sunday's mass shooting at First Baptist Church. Uhl said her daughter loved the church, where she was a member of the youth group that went to a camp this summer. Haley had a special connection with youth leader Karla Holcombe, who also died in the shooting. Uhl remembers her last words to Haley as she dropped the teen off at the church, where the teen attended every Thursday and Sunday. Related: Latest on Texas church shooting"She loved babies," Uhl said.
Strangers erect memorials for Texas church shooting victims
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – As the town of Sutherland Springs rallies around the victims, donations and memorials keep coming in, including from people who live outside of Texas. Zanis has been making crosses for crime victims since 1997, including the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. "She was my best friend, my little best friend," Smith said. Related: Latest on Texas church shooting"It means that there are kind people out there (who) care. Fitch is carrying the cross 26 kilometers around the area before leaving it in front of the church to stay.
Texas church shooter had pending sex assault case, officials say
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A pending 2013 sexual assault case involving the shooter in Sunday's church massacre in Sutherland Springs has stirred reaction among some residents. Related: Ex-girlfriend of church gunman: 'Devin was a very disgusting person'Reynolds, who took office in January, said he's now reviewing what happened with the still pending sexual assault case and a disturbance call the following year involving Kelley. "Until you're proven guilty, you're not guilty," Fisher said. Related: Latest on Texas church shootingNew Braunfels resident Justin Harris said it doesn't bother him that Kelley was from New Braunfels. "It doesn't really seem like it reflects upon on the town or the people here, or myself.
Family spared in Texas church shooting remembers those lost
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – Twenty-six crosses representing the 26 lives lost during the church shooting in Sutherland Springs were placed across the street from First Baptist Church. The grief in Sutherland Springs is still palpable after the deadly shooting Sunday, especially for people such as the Green family who knew every family affected. RELATED: Texas Church Shooting: Mother killed while trying to protect children from gunfireTwenty-six white crosses line a field, pushed and pulled by the relentless wind, but they don’t fall. “We're here every Sunday, but I believe because of divine intervention, I had an errand to run first,” Rod Green said. LATEST NEWS ON TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTINGRod Green was especially close with the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Pomeroy.
Grandmother loses 2 grandchildren, daughter-in-law in Texas church shooting
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – A grandmother is still in shock after losing two of her grandchildren and her daughter-in-law, who were all victims of the Sutherland Springs shooting on Sunday. "They came down and told us that they were still working on Emily," Ward said. Ward’s son, Chris Ward, was not at church during the shooting, but his wife, Joann, had taken their children: Emily, Brooke, Rianna and Ryland. LATEST NEWS ON TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTINGJust before midnight, Sandy Ward got the call that Brooke, 5, was killed, and then on Monday, Sandy was told her daughter-in-law, Joann, was found dead as well. Read more about the Texas church shootingSandy Ward said she wasn't feeling well so she didn't go to church that Sunday morning and Joann had just started going to church there.
Priest wrestling with how to forgive after pregnant friend killed in Texas church shooting
SAN ANTONIO – A local priest is wrestling with how to forgive after his pregnant friend and members of her family were killed in Sunday's Sutherland Springs church shooting. He found solace among almost 150 other priests and many community members at a San Fernando Cathedral Mass, dedicated to the shooting victims. Candles flickered at the front of the cathedral representing those killed at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church. "I’ve just always known Crystal to be a woman who loved people, loved them with everything that she was. "We need to promote more venues of peace, venues of health, health of mind and heart and spirit; we cannot continue violence.
H-E-B launches statewide campaign to help Texas church shooting victims
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B is coming to the aid of those affected by the tragic church shooting in Sutherland Springs. The company will donate $150,000 and has launched a statewide check donation campaign that allows customers to donate at any check out station. The money will be distributed to the victims, in coordination with the church, the company said. “It is our hope that H-E-B’s donations, along with our loyal customers’ support, will help our neighbors in Sutherland Springs. The shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, left 26 people -- ranging in age from 18 months to 77 years old -- dead and 20 wounded, authorities said.