On Sunday, a man opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, killing 26 and wounding dozens of others. Between 12 and 14 children of the small town were among those killed, according to Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt.
As per usual, there's been a great deal of misinformation since the shooting, with a Texas congressman even falling for one online hoax. Here are the ones you should be looking out for...
1. The shooter is NOT named Sam Hyde.
In an interview with CNN, Rep. Vicente González of Texas incorrectly identified the shooter as Sam Hyde. This hoax takes place after almost every mass shooting. Hyde is a member of a Rhode Island sketch comedy group, who is falsely attributed for attacks by online trolls.
2. The shooter is NOT named Samir Al-Hajeed.
As with the previous entry, many attributed the attack to "ex-marine and Muslim convert, Samir Al-Hajeed." Samir Al-Hajeed is fictional, with photos and videos of Sam Hyde being used in social media posts about the non-existent convert.
3. No, this man is NOT missing.
The man in the photo is Reviewbrah, the host of the popular "Report Of The Week" YouTube channel. He's been reported missing in both the Las Vegas and Manchester shootings, prompting him to release a video entitled "I am alive" to discredit the hoax.
4. This is NOT the shooter's Facebook page.
A fake Facebook page was set up in the hours after the shooting, it has since been deleted.
5. The shooter was NOT a member of Antifa leading a communist revolution.
In the hours after the shooting, many far-right personalities and websites reported that the shooter was "an Antifa member who vowed to start a civil war by ‘targeting white conservative churches’ and causing anarchy in the United States." Some went as far as to claim that the shooter was carrying an Antifa flag and wanted to start a "communist revolution." None of these claims have been verified.
6. The shooter was NOT an "atheist on the DNC payroll."
This claim was first posted by a satirical website.
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