WASHINGTON – Many Democratic U.S. senators called for stronger gun control hours after a shooter opened fire during a Sunday service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing at least 27 people and wounding several others.
The alleged gunman, identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley, entered the church around 11:30 a.m. local time dressed in tactical gear and a mask, and unloaded “clip after clip” of rounds from a semi-automatic weapon, according to police and witnesses.
Kelley was found dead in his car after he fled the church. Police say a local citizen had shot at Kelley while he was still inside the church, and after the suspect fled. “At this time we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident,” Police Maj. Freeman Martin said. “We know he’s deceased in the vehicle.”