Yesterday morning, 26 people were killed in a baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Those who died were between the ages of 18 months and 75 years old. At least 20 others were injured.
The shooter was a white man dressed in full tactical gear and arrived in an SUV. He was armed with an AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle. He started shooting outside of the church and proceeded to walk in where he continued shooting.
The shooter escaped in his SUV. Two men, Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff followed him in a brief car chase until the shooter crashed his car. The men approached the car with their guns drawn and found the shooter dead. Authorities suspect he killed himself.
In 2012, the shooter was convicted of domestic violence. U.S. law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence from purchasing firearms. Despite these laws, the killer was still able to purchase this gun in 2016.
Authorities are still investigating and are unsure of the motive behind the shooting. President Trump stated the killer had mental health issues and that the situation did not call for stronger gun control.