Couple who survived Texas massacre recalls moments after Devin Kelley entered the church

He targeted the crying children.

Gunman Devin Kelley fired point-blank at frightened babies as he made his way through the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a couple who survived the attack recalled.

Joaquin Ramirez made eye contact with Amanda Pomeroy, the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor, screaming in fear.

He told ABC affiliate KSAT that he signaled for her not to make any noise, because Kelley was shooting at those screaming in fear.

Amanda was killed during Kelley’s carnage.

His wife, Roseanne Solis, was wounded when Kelley began firing his Ruger AR-556 into the small church from the outside.

“I hear firecrackers popping. Ta-ta-ta,” she told the news channel. “Everybody started screaming, yelling. Everyone got down, crawling under wherever they could hide.”

The couple took cover, bloodied and in shock, watching the hail of bullets over their heads.

Then everything stopped for a moment as Kelley went into the church.

He was decked out in tactical gear, wearing a black facemask featuring a white skull, authorities said. Police found 15 empty magazines — holding 30 rounds each — at the scene. 

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Haley Krueger was described as a beautiful and vibrant girl who had dreams of becoming a NICU nurse, according to a GoFundMe set up in her memory. She was 16. 

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Annabelle Pomeroy was the daughter of the pastor of the First Baptist Church. Both of her parents were out of town at the time of shooting. She was 14 years old. 

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Eight members of the same family were killed in the shooting, including Crystal Holcombe, who was pregnant. Three of her kids and her unborn child were also killed.

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Megan Hill, 9

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Gregory Hill, 13

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Emily Hill, 11

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Dennis Johnson Sr. and his wife Sara had celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in July and were members of the church for more than a decade, according to a fundraising page created in their memory.

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Bryan Holcombe and his wife Karla Plain Holcombe, were both victims of the mass shooting. Bryan was an associate pastor at the church and was reported'y preparing to lead the congregation in mass when the shooting began.

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Tara Elyse McNulty was remembered as a 'sweet, kind and loving woman, mother and daughter' on a GoFundMe page created in her memory. Her kids were reportedly injured in the shooting, but survived. 

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Lula Woicinski White was the gunman's grandmother-in-law. Her sister told the New York Daily News that 'she loved the people in her church. They were all her best friends.' She was 71.

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Joann Ward reportedly died while trying to use herself as a shield to protect her four young children.

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Brooke was killed along with her mother, Joann Ward, and her older sister. She was 5 years old.

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Emily Garza, 7

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Shani Corrigan and her husband Robert Corrigan

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Richard Rodriguez attended church every Sunday, according to his daughter. He was 51 years old.

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Therese Sagan Rodriguez was killed along with her husband, Richard. She was 66. 
Robert and Karen Marshall were new to Texas and trying out churches when they were killed in Sutherland Springs…
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“I thought it was the police when he went inside because everyone got real quiet,” Solis told KSAT. “Everyone was saying ‘Be quiet. It's him. It's him.’”

That’s when Kelley yelled, “Everybody die (expletive).”

Ramirez recalled Kelley went first for the audio and video crew that recorded the church’s sermon and uploaded them online.

Kelley then made his way down the aisle, shooting into the pews filled with frightened church-goers.

Ramirez said he prayed, “because I could see death.”

Solis said about 25 children were in the church at the time.

Kelley’s youngest victim was 18 months old, and his oldest was 77 years old.

The wait was so long for an ambulance, the couple said, that Ramirez and Solis drove themselves to the hospital.

"The Lord saved me because I know it was my last day," Solis said she thought at the time.

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