All across Calhoun and Etowah Counties, flags are flying at half staff for those impacted by the deadliest mass church shooting in U.S. history. A total of 26 people confirmed dead, another 20 wounded in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Authorities say the suspect, Devin Kelley, pulled up to the Sutherland Springs Church during the Sunday morning worship service, and began shooting. Witnesses say Kelley left the church and was met by a man with a weapon of his own. That’s when Kelley dropped his gun and ran.
Law enforcement later found Kelley dead in his SUV with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Minutes before the shooting happened, people say they saw Kelley at a gas station, across the street from the church acting suspicious.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade expresses the importance of letting authorities know if something doesn’t seem right.
Authorities say four-percent of the small town’s population was killed during the shooting.