Pastors responding at Sutherland Springs

. 1 min read

Mourners participate in a candlelight vigil for the victims of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. AP Photo by Darren Abate.

By Sam Hodges
Nov. 6, 2017 | UMNS
As All Saints Day worship wrapped up at Floresville United Methodist Church, the Rev. Peter Aguilar got word of a mass shooting.
It had happened at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, in the same rural Texas county as his church.
“I know the sheriff, so I called him and said, ‘Do you need me?’” Aguilar recalled in a phone interview. “He said, ‘Yeah.’”
By 12:15 p.m., Aguilar had made the 10-mile drive and arrived at the scene, the first local pastor to counsel survivors, first responders and others.
“They had already roped off the church, but there were shell casings all over and a body on the front lawn. It was carnage,” Aguilar said.