An armor-clad gunman opened fire inside a rural Texas church on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding 19 others in the largest mass shooting in the state’s history, officials said.  Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, dressed all in black and wearing tactical gear and a ballistic vest, began firing outside the church at around 11:20 a.m. local time (12:20 p.m. ET) before he continued his shooting spree inside, said Freeman Martin, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was armed with a “Ruger AR assault-type rifle,” Martin said.

The shooter was later found dead, officials said. Sutherland Springs is located 30 miles east of San Antonio.

 

Authorities said ages of the victims ranged from 5 to 72, although later one bereaved family reportedly said an infant girl was among those killed.

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In light of yet another mass shooting involving a church, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson, will be airing a special show Monday (Nov. 6, 2017) for church leaders and congregants, as we speak with law enforcement professionals about strategies to secure churches, which are “soft” targets and vulnerable to attacks!

Tune in to 1680am WOKB, online at www.wokbradio.com, www.letstalkaboutitwithrodlove.com or on Facebook @letstalkaboutitlive Monday from 7 pm to 8 pm to discuss church safety with Rod Love and Greg Jackson on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, Central Florida’s leading results-oriented radio talk show … No church leader or church member should miss this show!

 

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Let’s Talk About It, now on its 7th episode, is an edgy new radio program that has a distinct “Apopka” tone to it despite airing in Winter Garden.

Rod Love

Hosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman and the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence. He is a consistent speaker at Apopka City Council meetings. Jackson is a local attorney, columnist for The Apopka Voice, and ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka. Now airing its third episode tonight, the co-hosts have shown a willingness to take on any issue their callers wish to discuss. Nothing is off the table.

The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays between 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.

Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.

Greg Jackson

  Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational.  It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.

To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Greg and Rod, I will be listening to your radio show later tonight. It is easier to find when Reggie puts a direct link here on the Apopka Voice, like he did above. I intended to listen to your last show, but it did slip my mind. I did hear one show so far. I happened to turn the tv channels this morning, and heard the Texas church gun incident discussion on the 700 club, and the pastor seemed to be attributing some of the gun violence to anti-depressive meds. That is what he said. He also said he hoped that the Texas church incident wouldn’t cause people around the country to get all “political” and start talking about gun-control….yes….that is what he said. I don’t know the various tv preacher’s names very well, as I am not up on them, so I can’t tell you his name, the one who was talking on the 700 club, I think I know who he is, but I am not certain, and so I don’t want to quote the wrong preacher. President Trump says that this latest gun incident at the Texas church is about mental health issues, and not about gun control issues…..there you go, that will give you all something to get started talking about on your radio talk show tonight… Take care.

  2. So are our nation’s churches going to be forced to hire armed guards to protect their worshippers? It is a sad day when people can’t go into a church and worship without worrying about being gunned down. What about the news of a recent church who planned on forming their own police force. I can’t remember where it was, but it was a very large church, and I don’t know if it was approved or not, but I remember the subject came up and the church was seeking permission to have their own police force.

  3. This latest shooting even claimed the life of an innocent little toddler, and her mother. I can’t think of anything more sad. This man who was only 26, had assaulted his own wife and child before, had a dishonorable discharge from the military, and also was very anti-religious, an atheist, in fact, that mocked people of faith. I heard all of these facts on the tv or in the newspaper. Apparently it was not a random attack however, because they now know that the gunman’s in-laws had attended the church, and that his wife taught bible classes, although I don’t know if they were present when he opened fire. This is was what I heard listening to the talk about the incident at the church.

  4. It has not been determined yet whether the gunman committed suicide or was shot. The gunman did use his cell phone to call his father and tell him that he was shot and did not know if he would make it and survive. The authorities claim that a domestic situation was going on within the gunman’s family. Officially 26 dead, and 20 wounded and some seriously that could pass away still. 10 of the wounded serious, it just said on tv. Gunman did not have a license to carry a weapon.

  5. Gunman managed to obtain an assault weapon and two handguns. I actually don’t know if both of his in-laws went to church there or not, but it was said that his mother-in-law attended the church. There is video from inside the church, and it has been taken into evidence by the police to study. Gunman was later chased, after leaving the churchyard, not just by the police, but by his own neighbor that knew him. These facts were just updated on a news conference that cut into regular programming.

  6. It is still all unfolding to find the answers behind this carnage. Ok, now the latest is that the youngest victim was only 18 months old! That is horrible. Every detail of this case keeps changing constantly, that is why I keep changing the facts. Gunman had been a member of the Air Force, but had got into trouble with the military, by assaulting his wife and child, and was given a bad conduct discharge 3 years ago…when gunman left the churchyard, not only the police were in pursuit of him, also a church neighbor took off chasing him also, and at one point, they caused the gunman to lose control of his vehicle, and it sent him off the highway.

  7. Okay got it….everybody in the church, go get a gun, and load up and be ready, and when the gunman pulls out his gun, you all let him have it, and fill him full of holes, plus keep someone outside the church at all times services are being held for lookout.

  8. Let’s see, how many members of the congregation in Joel O’Stein’s Houston, Texas mega church??? That’s a lot of holes per gunman……

  9. I mean, I know that church congregations are getting concerned and frightened that a gunman could come into their churches, and open fire, but can you imagine how scary a situation it would be, if like in one of those huge mega churches, like out there in Houston such as Joel O’Stein’s church, if practically all the church members were armed and saw a gunman in there, and they ALL opened fire on him? I can’t think of a more dangerous situation with THAT many people firing, and probably some that aren’t very good shots either……

  10. I don’t know what this country is going to do about the gun violence. In this latest church incident, the reports talk about how armed up that part of Texas is, yet the church members inside were not armed, at least, I haven’t heard of anybody inside there shooting back. The sad part was that there were so many young children. It breaks my heart.

  11. Rather than the church members having guns loaded and ready, maybe the churches would be better off to install metal detectors and screen the members and visitors as they come in, like at the city hall buildings, and also hire security guards, after an extensive background check, at least in the bigger churches, that can afford to take these extra measures.

  12. I can’t think of any logical reason a person would need an assault rifle, if they were not in the military or police. However, I read where one person there in that part of Texas, claimed that they needed their assault rifle to kill off the wild boars that roamed his property and destroyed his crops???? I don’t know anything about hunting or guns, but you mean to tell me that there is not another gun that will flat out stop a wild boar, besides an assault rifle? I am asking because I don’t know?

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