Texas church shooting suspect's motive still unclear, but we're learning more about him

Devin Kelley, the suspect in the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 died after a brief chase. He opened fire during a prayer service and killed 26 people, say authorities.
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Devin Kelley, the suspect in the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 died after a brief chase. He opened fire during a prayer service and killed 26 people, say authorities.
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Are guns allowed in NC churches?

By Lynn Bonner

lbonner@newsobserver.com

November 06, 2017 12:27 PM

North Carolina law allows guns in churches, unless the church itself prohibits them.

State law forbids guns inside schools. But a bill that would have allowed people with concealed gun permits to take handguns into churches that meet in private schools passed the state House in March. Guns would be allowed in schools only when they’re not being used for classes or school-sponsored activities. The bill is in the Senate Rules Committee and is eligible for approval next year.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rena Turner of Olin, said last March that a church in her district requested the law because it wanted a security team to be able to protect congregants in an emergency.

As state law stands, concealed permit holders can take guns onto public school campuses, but only if the guns are locked in vehicles.

Turner said the murder in 2015 of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, helped motivate the request.

Johnnie Langendorff of Texas described how he helped chase down the suspect after the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017. He says once Devin Kelley drove into a ditch he didn't put up a fight.

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At least 26 people died Sunday in a mass shooting at a Texas church.

Lynn Bonner: 919-829-4821, @Lynn_Bonner