The Texas church where a gunman armed with a Ruger assault-type rifle massacred more than two dozen worshipers could soon have a date with a wrecking ball.
Pastor Frank Pomeroy said it would be “too stark a memory” to resume services in the First Baptist Church and wants to tear down the bullet-ridden building and possibly turn the site into a memorial for the victims, the Southern Baptist Convention confirmed Thursday.
A total of 26 people, including seven children and an unborn child, were killed Sunday when 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley attacked the church, police have said.
Security video from inside the sanctuary showed Kelley methodically shooting people in the head, a federal source close to the investigation told NBC News. Kelley died later of what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Corky Siemaszko is a senior writer for NBC News Digital.