The Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church reopened on November 12 , a week after it witnessed one of the most lethal mass shooting events to take place in recent Texas history. The gunman used a semiautomatic rifle to slaughter 26 people on November 5. He also wounded 20 others. An armed civilian opened fire in defense when he was exiting the church. He subsequently escaped in an SUV. His body was later found with a gunshot wound. Law enforcement authorities believe that the gunshot was a self-inflicted one.