At least 26 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a gunman opened fire at a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, during a service Sunday.
Spanning from 18 months old to 77 years old, the victims of the shooting had gathered for a Sunday morning service at the First Baptist Church, where members of the community attended regular church services and, recently, a Halloween festival with games, candy and costumes. The victims included the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor, as well as eight members of the same family that spanned three generations. The suspected shooter is dead, though the details of how he died are unclear.
Some victims are still recovering from gunshot wounds in neighboring hospitals, and many families are grappling with the loss of their loved ones. The mass shooting has become one of the most deadly incidents in modern U.S. history. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said it is the largest mass shooting in the state’s history. The violent massacre comes just a month after a gunman shot and killed 58 people at a music festival in Las Vegas.
To help the victims and their loved ones, officials in Sutherland Springs are urging people to donate money in specific people’s names and donate blood, especially if you are O-Negative or O-positive. Wilson County Audrey Louis said there is currently not a demand for “canned good and nonperishable items.”