The rural Texas congregation was in the middle of a song when a man dressed in black started firing into the church, then entered the sanctuary shooting people at random.
He fired into the approximately 50 worshipers during the middle of the Sunday service – stopping only to reload his gun.
Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt said there was “no way” for the members of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs to escape the carnage.
“He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my understanding was shooting on his way back out,” Tackitt said at a press conference. “It’s unbelievable to see children, men and women, laying there. Defenseless people.”
Defenseless people of faith.