Texas Shooting Victims Could Sue US—and Win

Law professor makes the case; also, authorities say a church camera recorded the massacre
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2017 12:32 PM CST
Flowers and stuffed animals rest at the base of crosses at a makeshift memorial for the First Baptist Church victims in Sutherland Springs, Texas.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, often recorded its church services, raising the disturbing possibility that Sunday's massacre was captured on video. Now the New York Times reports that such a gruesome video does indeed exist. One law enforcement official says it shows Devin Kelley firing continuously for about seven minutes, "methodically shooting his victims—including small children—in the head, execution-style," the Times notes. Other developments in the investigation:

  • Encrypted phone: Authorities have Kelley's smartphone but have run into a familiar problem, reports the AP. They can't crack the encryption and open it. The FBI will try to gain access on its own, but the development is likely to renew the fight over whether companies such as Apple should provide some kind of back door authorities can use to bypass the encryption. It's not clear what type of phone Kelley had.

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