As more information comes to light about the Texas church massacre, police have noted that it was not racially or religiously motivated.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who spoke on “Good Morning America,” said he thought the shooting was not “just a random act of violence,” as Devin Kelley’s in-laws were known to attend First Baptist Church. However, authorities have said they don’t believe Kelley was looking for relatives when he arrived at the church.
As a result of his actions, 26 people were killed and 20 were injured. And now, those who survived are speaking out on the attack, and many are saying they had to act as if they were dead in order to survive.
One of those victims was Rosa Solis, who found herself shot in the arm as Kelley walked the aisles firing at anyone who moved. Solis told ABC News she hid under one of the benches and played dead.
“I played dead, and I made sure I hid myself good under that bench.”
While doing this, she heard Kelley scream out to the victims:
“Everybody dies motherf**ker!”
The only other sounds Solis heard were “people screaming and people crying” and the gunfire. She added that children were calling out for their mothers.
Solis added that despite those in need, she was unable to move, knowing she would be killed too if she did:
“I saw bodies with a lot of blood. That’s all I saw because I wasn’t about to get out from where I was hiding.”
After Kelley had gun downed all those he saw moving, he walked up and down the aisles firing at those on the ground, according to Farida Brown, who was among the survivors. Her son David Brown told “Good Morning America”:
“The shooter was shooting everybody. I guess he could see everybody trying to run. And then after no one was moving they were just laying on the floor, he walked up and down all the aisles shooting everyone as they laid on the floor, she said.”
Local resident Stephen Willeford bravely confronted Kelley with his own gun as the shooter was leaving the church and chased after him. Kelley then fled and was chased by police before he was found dead in his vehicle.