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Sutherland Survivor Shares Chilling Words From Shooter

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A survivor of the Nov. 5 shooting at a Texas church that killed 26 people revealed that the killer uttered just one sentence as he unloaded round after round on the worshippers.

"'Everybody die motherf****r!'" 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley reportedly said as he loosed the hail of bullets, recalled churchgoer Roseanne Solis. Solis was shot in the shoulder and played dead, according to KSAT.

Solis and her husband, Joaquin Ramirez, attended the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church service after nearly staying home that day. Churchgoers were singing right before Kelley opened fire.

"I hear firecrackers popping," recounted Solis. "Ta-ta-ta. Everybody started screaming, yelling. Everyone got down, crawling under wherever they could hide. It was so scary. He was shooting hard."

Solis said there was a brief moment of stillness before the assault continued.

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"I thought it was the police when he went inside because everyone got real quiet," she said. "Everyone was saying: 'Be quiet. It's him. It's him.'"

That's when Kelley reportedly yelled for everyone to die and started shooting again.

"I was praying to go, to save me, because I could see death," said Ramirez, who escaped and was able to call 911.

According to Ramirez, the gunman first shot the audio and camera crew in front before walking down the center aisle and firing at each row of pews. Kelley also reportedly shot babies who cried.

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The victims of the violence ranged from 18 months old to 77 years old.

"The Lord saved me because I know it was my last day," Solis said.

Authorities said that Kelley, who reportedly fatally shot himself after a car chase, was in the midst of a "domestic situation" with his family and had been threatening his mother via text, notes ABC News. Officials have not yet shared a motive for the massacre, though they have ruled out the possibility that he was looking to kill his relatives and spontaneously ended up firing at the whole church.

"He came there to kill everybody in that building," said one source connected to the case, according to ABC News. "Period."

Another called him "a horrible monster" and "a mass killer of children and people."

Sherry Pomeroy, the pastor's wife and the mother of 14-year-old victim Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, said that the churchgoers were a close-knit community that will never be the same after this.

"We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshiped together," she explained. "Now most of our church family is gone. Our building is probably beyond repair. As senseless as this tragedy was our sweet Belle would not have been able to deal with losing so much family yesterday. Please don't forget Sutherland Springs."

Sources: KSAT, ABC News / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: James Steakley/Wikimedia CommonsM62/Wikimedia Commons

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