>> Mourners gathered Sunday night in the small Texas town where a gunman murdered at least 26 people inside a church. Sutherland's Springs, near San Antonio, is the latest American community shattered by a mass shooting. Police say the gunman entered First Baptist Church on Sunday during worship and opened fire.
A local resident armed with a rifle shot back at the gunmen as he exited the church. The suspect fled in his car, chased by the resident in a car he flagged down. The shooter's car crashed and he was found dead, it's unclear whether he died of a self-inflicted a injury.
The driver in pursuit spoke briefly with the TV station.>> I did what I thought I needed to do. Which was they said that there was a shooting, I pursued and I just did what I thought was the right thing.>> You know there were more weapons in that car, you possibly stopped them from killing other people.
>> I didn't know that.>> Media reports citing law enforcement identified the shooter as 26-year-old Devon Patrick Kelley. The US Air Force said Kelley served in logistics unit. He was court marshalled in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and child, and given a bad conduct discharge. Police say he used a military style weapon in Sunday's attack.
The Wilson County Sheriff told CNN he did not believe the gunman was connected to the church and said they had no motive. The shooting raising questions as to why someone with a history of violence was able to obtain deadly weapons. US President Donald Trump traveling in Japan said the issue was related to mental health.
>> We have a lot of mental health problems in our country as do other countries. But this isn't a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it, but it's a little bit soon to go into it.>> The massacre coming a month after a gunman murdered 58 people at a music festival in Las Vegas.
No motive was found in that case either. The victims in Texas range in age from 5 to 72 years old, and include the church pastor's 14-year-old daughter.