During a press briefing after the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin detailed the little information that he could provide to the media.
“Everybody here wants facts and information about what’s going on, and we’d love to provide you more,” Martin said. “But if you came here wanting to know the motive behind this shooting, you’ll leave here disappointed.”
The regional director then detailed the timeline of the events, explaining that at 11:20 a.m. local time, the suspect was spotted at a nearby gas station, proceeded to cross the street, exit his vehicle, and began shooting. He then proceeded to enter the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. After firing upward of 20 shots, the suspect left the church, and a local resident, according to Martin, engaged him, causing him to drop his weapon and flee.
Of note is the fact that Kelley used a “Ruger AR-type of assault rifle,” which is a widely available semi-automatic rifle, and was wearing “tactical gear” during his attack.
From there, Kelley was then found dead at the local county line, with his vehicle having crashed. Kelley had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and it was unclear whether the wound was self-inflicted.
Martin did stress, however, that “the suspect has not been completely identified,” though many reports have identified the suspect as 26-year-old Devin Kelley. The regional director then confirmed that 26 people had lost their lives, with another 20 injured in the attack. Twenty-three were killed in the church, two outside the church, and one victim who was wounded while in the church later died.
“We know that the ages range from 5 years old to 72 years of age,” Martin said of the victims.
He continued by saying that there was a lot of work still to be done and that the investigation was still in its beginning stages.
“We’ll continue to provide information as it becomes available,” Martin said.
Watch Texas Regional Director of Public Safety Freeman Martin’s comments below, via MSNBC.