A church shooter used ear protection during the deadly attack in Texas that killed more than two dozen people, according to the F.B.I. and the church shooting victim’s family.
The agency also said in a statement that it was assisting in the investigation into the incident.
“We have been working with the victims’ family for the past several days to gather all the facts and information necessary to identify the shooter,” said the statement, which was released by the Fbi in Washington, D.C. It did not identify the victims by name.
A Fbi spokesperson said the agency is also assisting with the investigation.
The attack occurred Sunday afternoon at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that was used as a training facility for law enforcement officers and members of the military, authorities said.
According to the Associated Press, churchgoers were preparing to go to the restroom when a gunman opened fire.
Authorities identified the gunman as Devin Kelley, who had previously served in the Army and worked in the National Guard.
The shooting was not immediately clear if Kelley had any connections to terrorism.
The F.E.B., the federal agency that investigates crimes committed by people with mental health problems, said it has launched an investigation into Kelley’s use of the ear protection.
The bureau said it was “aware of reports of the use of an earpiece by Mr. Kelley during the attack.”
It said it had also launched an inquiry into whether other churchgoers had earpieces.
In a statement, the Febi said: “We are aware of reports that a number of churchgoers who were preparing for the restroom at the time of the incident may have used earpieces in order to protect themselves from the attack.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also aware of the reports.”