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2018 Awards Entry — Breaking News Coverage: Church Shooting In Sutherland Springs, Texas

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David Martin Davies
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Texas Public Radio
A roadside memorial in Sutherland Springs with a cross for each of the 26 victims of the church shooting.

A quiet Sunday church service was interrupted by gunfire when 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelly attacked the congregation of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

Twenty-six members of the church were killed, as well as the shooter, when he tried to escape the scene of the massacre.

Over the next 24 hours, there was a race to establish what happened, who the killer was and why he picked this isolated church in rural Texas, 45 miles east of San Antonio.

Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies was one of the first reporters at the scene. Martin, fellow TPR reporter Joey Palacios and correspondents from National Public Radio worked together to deliver the facts from this horrific and the shocking event.

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017

(Time code 00:00) 3:00 PM TPR’s Joey Palacios on NPR national newscast

(Time code 01:00) 4:00 PM TPR’s Joey Palacios on NPR national newscast

(Time code 01:36) 4:06 PM TPR’s David Martin Davies on NPR's "All Things Considered"

(Time code 07:19) 11:00 PM TPR’s Joey Palacios on NPR national newscast

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

(Time code 08:10) 5:04 AM Norma Martinez TPR Newscast  

(Time code 10:40) 5:10 AM TPR’s David Martin Davies NPR's "Morning Edition"

(Time code 15:26) 6:04 AM Norma Martinez TPR Newscast  

(Time code 17:00) 6:45 AM TPR’s David Martin Davies on TPR