Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.

Authorities didn’t identify the attacker during a news conference Sunday night, but two other officials — one a U.S. official and one in law enforcement — identified him as Devin Kelley. They spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation.

The U.S. official said Kelley lived in a San Antonio suburb and didn’t appear to be linked to organized terrorist groups. Investigators were looking at social media posts Kelley made in the days before Sunday’s attack, including one that appeared to show an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon.

Kelley received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force for allegedly assaulting his spouse and child, and was sentenced to 12 months’ confinement after a 2012 court-martial. Kelley served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010 until his discharge, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.

At the news conference, the attacker was described only as a white man in his 20s who was wearing black tactical gear and a ballistic vest when he pulled into a gas station across from the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, around 11:20 a.m.

The gunman crossed the street and started firing a Ruger AR rifle at the church, said Freeman Martin, a regional director of the Texas Department of Safety, then continued firing after entering the white wood-frame building, where an 11 a.m. service was scheduled. (AP)

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Two Texas State Troopers walk past the church while investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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A law enforcement official stands watch outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the scene of a mass shooting, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

People attend a vigil near where a mass shooting took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Mourners participate in a candlelight vigil for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

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Law enforcement officials work at the scene of a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

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Community members come together for a candlelight vigil for the victims of a deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Laura Skelding/AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Mourners participate in a candlelight vigil held for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

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A couple comfort each other at a community center in Sutherland Springs, Texas, near the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church, Nov. 5, 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and emergency workers outside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: R. Tomas Gonzalez/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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A man wipes his eyes after a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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An evidence marker sits on the road in front of a Texas Department of Public Safety vehicle outside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: R. Tomas Gonzalez/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, seated right, addresses members of the media about the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during a press conference in Stockdale, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Carrie Matula hugs a woman who lost her father in a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. Matula said she saw and heard everything as it happened from the gas station where she works just a block away. (Nick Wagner / American-Statesman via AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Members of the FBI Hazardous Evidence Response Team walk behind the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in response to a fatal shooting, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

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A woman prays over a man after a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/American-Statesman via AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Law enforcement officials investigate a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/American-Statesman via AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Members of the FBI Hazardous Evidence Response Team walk next to the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in response to a fatal shooting, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

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Law enforcement officials work the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Law enforcement officers man a barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in response to a shooting, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Darren Abate/AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Max Massey/ KSAT 12/KSAT via AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Law enforcement officials stand next to a covered body at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Police cars are seen in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017, in this picture obtained via social media. (Max Massey/ KSAT 12/via Reuters)

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FBI officials arrive at the site of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017, in this picture obtained via social media. (Max Massey/ KSAT 12/via Reuters)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

Police cars are seen at Sutherland Springs, Nov. 5, 2017, in this picture obtained from social media. (Liz Summers/via Reuters)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

The area around a site of a mass shooting is taped off in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5, 2017, in this picture obtained via social media. (Max Massey/ KSAT 12/via Reuters)

Deadly mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, Texas, church

A helicopter flies near the site of a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S., November 5, 2017, in this picture obtained via social media. (Max Massey/ KSAT 12/via Reuters)

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