Mass Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Kills Twenty-Six, Injures Twenty
by Victoria Lee-A-Yong
Three hundred and seven. As of the writing of this article on the evening of November 5th, 2017, there have been 307 mass shootings in the United States of America this year. The 307th occurred at around 11:30am the same day in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The terrorist entered the First Baptist Church during its morning service and opened fire on the congregation with a Ruger AR-556 — a derivative of the AR-15 commonly used by the military, available to civilians since 2004. The terrorist was a former member of the United States Air Force.
Of those in the congregation, 26 people have been declared dead, with another 20 injured. Among those shot include a five-year-old boy named Rylan, who was described in a tweet at 4:35pm from CBS news correspondent David Begnaud:
“6yo boy named Rylan was shot 4 times at the church in Sutherland Springs & is now in surgery, according to his uncle who spoke to CBS News”
He later corrected: “Rylan’s Aunt tells @cbsnews he’s 5 years old.”
In another tweet at 9:40pm, Begnaud wrote:
“Rylan, 5, had bullets removed
Brooke, 5, unaccounted for
**Emily, 7, has died**”
Another victim was the pastor’s 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Pomeroy. Her father later described her as, “one very beautiful, special child.”
Also among the injured and killed were several elderly churchgoers and a pregnant woman.
After the shooting, the terrorist was pursued by an armed civilian, and shot at. Neighbors chased him into the next county, where he was found dead of a gunshot wound after crashing into a tree.
From Tokyo, President Trump spoke on the tragedy:“This act of evil occurred as the victims and their families were in their place of sacred worship. We cannot put into words the pain and grief we all feel and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they love.”
No policy or legislation has yet been put in place in the wake of a larger societal trend. In fact, the shooting occurred on the eighth anniversary of a similar attack on Fort Hood, Texas, which killed 13 people.
First Baptist Church has its services available online, with the last service before the tragedy being available on YouTube.
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