'I don't understand, but I know my God does,' says grieving Sutherland Springs pastor
SAN ANTONIO (KABB/SBG) - A pastor and wife who are grieving the loss of their 14-year-old daughter in Sunday's church massacre spoke out on Monday about the shooting that took so many lives.
"We lost more than Belle yesterday," said Sherry Pomeroy. "And one thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is that Belle was surrounded yesterday by her family that she loved fiercely."
The Pomeroys spoke out after a briefing from investigators about the shooting.
Investigators said the man suspected of killing 26 people at at church service did not have a license to carry and had sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a congregant of the church.
In addition, investigators confirmed there is video of the shooting from inside the church. That video is now being examined by FBI experts.
The startling details were released during a 10:30 a.m. press conference in Wilson County, just outside the crime scene at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
The Texas Rangers are the lead agency handling the investigation. They said of the 26 people killed in the massacre, 23 were killed inside the church, two were killed outside and one person passed away at a hospital. Officials said the names of all the victims would be released once next of kin were notified. The victims ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old.
Twenty were injured; of those, ten people remain in critical condition, four remain in serious condition and six are either in stable condition or have been released.
More information was also released about the suspected shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley. After the shooting inside the church, investigators said Kelley exchanged gunfire with a Good Samaritan. He was injured, but still managed to get into an SUV and drive away. Investigators said Kelley placed a call to his father and said he thought he might not survive. He then shot himself.