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Texas Church Shooting Survivor: 'I'm Going to Die'

Texas Church Shooting Survivor: 'I'm Going to Die'
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By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 05:06 PM

A survivor of the Texas church shooting massacre said Tuesday "the bullets were coming right down" from Devin Kelley's assault rifle as she played dead because "I thought if I don't move from here, I'm going to die."

"He said, 'everybody die [expletive],'" Rosanne Solis told reporters after being shot in the arm Sunday in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. "That's what he said: 'Everybody is going to die [expletive]."

Her comments were reported by CNN.

"He was going through the aisles all around with his — it wasn't a handgun — it was a pistol," Solis said. "He was looking all around and shooting at everybody.

"Just going through the rows, shooting at everybody."

Kelley shot and killed 26 people and wounded 20, authorities said, when he entered the church at the start of the 11 a.m. CT service and began firing with his Ruger AR-556 assault rifle.

Kelley, 26, was shot twice — once in the leg and again in the torso — by a neighbor of the church outside and was chased by him and another resident before shooting himself in the head inside his car, authorities said.

Police also found two additional handguns from Kelley's car, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .22-caliber.

Kelley, who was clad in black tactical gear, escaped from a mental health facility in New Mexico in 2012, months after beating his then wife and her young son, according to news reports Tuesday.

He served in the Air Force from 2009 to 2014 and was convicted in 2012 for physically abusing his wife and seriously injuring his stepson.

Kelley served a 12-month sentence and received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force, though the military did not report his violent past to federal authorities.

The Air Force has come under fire for the lapse, which experts say allowed Kelley to buy the three firearms after the prison term.

Solis was with her husband, Joaquin Ramirez, when Kelley began firing. They got down on the floor, under a pew, once the shots rang out.

She was hit in the shoulder. Ramirez was injured by shrapnel.

"I saw the blood, so I knew I had been hit. I could feel it, then.

"First, he went in straight to the guys that was singing — he shot them first — and the lady, I guess their mom," Solis told reporters. "They are related. All that family got shot.

"I just saw his feet. I didn't want to move. I knew that was going to be my last day to live.

"I didn't want to look at him. I was hiding under the bench," she said. "I did not want to breathe, look, nothing."

The gunfire, Solis said, stopped for about five minutes.

"Then, I guess, he must have reloaded and started again," she told reporters. "He had a second time to reload his gun and started shooting again.

"When he left, I waited 15 minutes or 20 minutes before I went outside," Solis continued. "I wasn't about to go out there, knowing that it was still dangerous."

She said she saw "blood, dead people, dead bodies, dead children all over the place.

"Outside: people screaming, looking for each other.

"It was terrible. Terrible. All dead little bodies. Dead, with a whole bunch of blood. Terrible scene.

"It was something that I don't want to think about anymore because it's always going to be there.

"But it was just horrible."

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A survivor of the Texas church shooting massacre played dead because "I thought if I don't move from here, I'm going to die."
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