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At Least 26 People Killed As Gunman Opens Fire In Texas Church


A gunman killed at least 26 people at a church in a small Texas community.

U.S. officials say the man who opened fire in a Texas church had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack.

At least 26 people were killed in the small town of Sutherland Springs on November 5, when a man wearing a tactical-style suit burst into a church and opened fire with an assault rifle.

Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said on November 6 that the attack appeared to stem from a domestic situation.

"This was not racially motivated, it wasn't over religious beliefs," Martin said.

He also said it appeared that the shooter, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after first being shot by a bystander.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said that members of Kelley’s family were not present in the church at the time of attack.

Kelley received a bad-conduct discharge from the U.S. Air Force for assaulting his spouse and child and a court-martial sentenced him to 12 months of confinement.

The ages of those killed in the attack ranged from 5 to 72. About 20 other people were wounded.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who is on an Asia trip, described the gunman as a "very deranged individual," and said the shooting was the result of a "mental health problem at the highest level."

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and BBC
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