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Here's what we know about the mass shooting at a Texas church

Reports say at least 26 people were killed.
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Multiple people are dead after a shooting at a church in Texas this weekend. The gunman is also dead. 

It happened Sunday morning in Sutherland Springs, a small, unincorporated community in Wilson County, Texas, approximately 30 miles east of San Antonio.

Here's what we know so far:

– Around 11:30 a.m. local time, a man entered First Baptist Church during Sunday services and opened fire, according to BBC

– At least 26 people were killed, including eight people from the same family. The victims ranged in age from 18 months to 72 years old, CNN says. Twenty people were also hurt in the shooting, The Associated Press says.

– Neighbors told Max Massey, a San Antonio journalist on the scene, it sounded as though the gunman had reloaded multiple times, and that there are typically about 50 people at the church for Sunday services.

– The shooter was dressed in all-black tactical gear and was wearing a bullet-proof vest, CNN says. An armed resident confronted the gunman outside the church and exchanged gunfire with him. The gunman fled the church in a vehicle with the armed resident and another man pursuing him. 

– The gunman was later found dead in his vehicle. Officials said Monday they believe he shot himself after crashing, CBS News reports

– Officials identified the shooter as 26-year-old Devin Patrick KelleyThe Associated Press says Kelley was discharged from the Air Force in 2014 for alleged domestic assault.

– Investigators believe Kelley's actions stemmed from a domestic situation, noting he sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law before the shooting. Officials said the shooting was not racially or religiously motivated, the AP reports

– Kelley had three guns – a Ruger AR-556 rifle that was recovered at the church and two handguns that were found in his vehicle – that were all registered to him, the AP says. He didn't have a license to carry a concealed handgun.

Mass shootings in 2017

The shooting in Texas comes only a month after dozens of people were killed and hundreds more were injured during a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

According to Gun Violence Archive, this is the 307th mass shooting in the United States for 2017, and the 34th mass shooting in the country since October 1. 

"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a tweet Sunday afternoon. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response."

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted from Asia:

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