Texas Shooting Survivors Share Terrifying New Details From Inside The Church Where Gunman Told Victims 'Everybody Dies'

Rosa Solis
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Devin Kelley walked up and down the church aisles shooting people.

In the aftermath of the Texas Church shooting on Sunday, November 5, 2017, survivors are sharing horrific stories about what happened inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs when a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, entered and took 26 lives. 

Like most of the regular congregation, Rosa Solis went to church Sunday morning ready for a day of worship. In fact, she and her husband, Joaquin Ramirez were close to not going, but Solis convinced them they should.

But that day of worship was interrupted when Devin Kelley stormed through the doors and started shouting his intention to kill every single person there. 

"Everybody dies motherf-----," was all he allegedly said during the attack.

As he walked up and down the aisles shooting at least 450 rounds, Solis was hit in the arm and hid under a bench and played dead to survive. 

"I saw bodies with a lot of blood," she said. "That's all I saw because I wasn't about to get out from where I was hiding. I played dead. I made sure I hid myself good under that bench."

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While being interviewed, Solis recalled in Spanish how Kelley shot all the crying babies with his assault rifle. 

David Brown's mother, Farida Brown, was also in attendance at First Baptist Church that day. She survived the attack and is still in the hospital recovering. 

Brown said his mother told him that Kelley walked up and down the aisle about 15 times. 

"She just laid on the floor," he said. "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.' 

He believes his mother's cell phone saved her life because it caught many of the bullets. 

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Kelley's attack ended when local resident Stephen Willeford got a call from his daughter that she was hearing gunshots coming from the church and he ran, barefoot, and shot the gunman on his side in-between the body armor he was wearing. 

The gunman fled the scene and was chased by Willeford and fellow local resident Jonnie Langendorff for a few miles. He then crashed his car into a ditch and shot himself in the head. 

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In total, Kelley killed 26 people and injured 20. Police say the motive might have been a conflict he had with his mother-in-law, who attends the church but wasn't there during the shooting. 

"I think he came here with a purpose and a mission," Freeman Martin, regional commander of the state Department of Public Safety. "There was conflict between the families, but I can't say if it was revenge or not."

Racial or religious motivations have not been ruled out.

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