Sutherland Springs church holds first service since tragic mass shooting
Hundreds of chairs were set up Sunday morning to accommodate the overflowing amount visitors at First Baptist Church's first service since the tragic mass shooting exactly one week ago. Initially, organizers expected a few dozen but changed venue to a large tent when they found out hundreds wanted to attend.
Last Sunday, Devin Patrick Kelley entered the church and opened fire. Twenty-six were killed and many were injured. The deceased range from 18 months to 77 years old. A University Hospital spokesman says two children and one adult remain in their care. Their conditions range from fair to critical.
Kelley had a history of domestic violence that spanned years before the attack, and was able buy weapons because the Air Force did not submit his criminal history to the FBI as required by military rules, according to the Associated Press. Sen. John Cornyn addressed those issues in a press conference immediately following the service.
WATCH: Sen. John Cornyn holds a press conference following the Sunday service.
The church planned on tearing the structure down as it seemed to be too painful to keep it up, but has since decided to set up a memorial inside for visitors to tour. The public will be allowed to enter beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The memorial will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.