Further demonstration, if any were needed, of the presence of sheer evil in our fallen world:
A gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others, authorities said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the attack the deadliest mass shooting in his state’s history. The youngest victim was 5 years old and the oldest was 72. Officials said 23 people were found dead inside the church, two outside, one died after being taken to a hospital.
The shooting suspect has been identified as 26-year-old, federal law enforcement sources told CBS News.
Kelley is a former U.S. Air Force member who served from 2010 to 2014. He was dishonorably discharged and court martialed in May 2014, CBS News has learned.
On Sunday night, authorities only identified the suspect as a young white male. They said he was seen dressed in all black and tactical gear — including a “ballistic vest” — at a local gas station at 11:20 a.m. He then exited his vehicle, crossed the street and began firing an AR-15 style weapon at the church, officials said. The suspect entered the church and continued to fire.
As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his gun and pursued the suspect, who dropped his weapon and fled the scene.
Go here to read the rest. Lots of junk floating around the internet about the shooter being a muslim convert or a member of antifa. Believe nothing for now until we have more sound information, as a lot of this seems to be produced by conspiracy theorists from the basements of their mothers. More to follow as we learn more facts. For now, let us pray for the dead and wounded and their families:
Almighty, Everlasting God, who hast dominion over the living and the dead, and showest mercy unto all whom Thou knowest will be Thine by faith and works: we humbly beseech Thee that they for whom we have resolved to pour forth our prayers, whether this present world still detain them in the flesh, or the world to come hath already received them stripped of their bodies, may, by the grace of Thy fatherly love, and through the intercession of all the Saints, obtain the remission of all their sins. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.