'Mama, where are you?': Texas church shooting survivor recounts horror of deadly rampage

Rosanne Solis described the terror she felt hiding under a bench.

— -- One of the survivors of Sunday's massacre at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, described the terror she felt when suspect Devin Kelley unleashed clip after clip from his assault-type rifle into unarmed churchgoers.

Rosa Solis told ABC News that she was certain she was going to die when the gunman began firing. "I'm going to die. I knew I was going to die. I knew 'cause the shots were going too close to my head," she said. "I didn't want to die."

Solis said the barrage began even before the suspect got inside the church. "He was shooting when he was walking in there," she said.

She said that at first, everybody started screaming but then it grew silent as he made his way through the church, stopping to reload several times.

"Everybody was so quiet, you could only hear the sound of the bullets and people screaming and people crying and 'Mama, where are you? Mama?' from the little kids," she said. "There was nowhere to go. We were trapped inside."

Solis said that the gunman yelled a chilling message as he reloaded his weapon and continued to unleash deadly fire: "Is everybody dead, m------------?"

"He was shooting the people on the floor. They were on the ground already bleeding," she said. "They were scared. Nobody was about to say a word ... I would not even move. I would not even make a sound."

She added, "You could hear a pin drop in there. Silence. Real quiet ... I knew if I said something, he was going to kill me. He was looking for people to shoot, more people to shoot."

As she lay on the ground, Solis prayed for help, she said, and played dead so as not to attract the shooter's attention.

"I played dead and I made sure that I hid myself good under [a] bench," she said, adding that a boy and a woman hid with her.

When Solis was hit by one of the bullets, she said she didn't even feel the pain. That came later, she said.

After help arrived, Solis said she saw bodies scattered around her as she stumbled out of the building. Twenty-six people died in the shooting, which is the worst mass shooting in state history. Eight members of the extended Holcombe family were among the dead.

Kelley, 26, later took his own life, according to officials. While authorities have not released a specific motive, they said the suspect's mother-in-law had attended the church and that the suspect had "expressed anger toward" her and sent "threatening texts."

Solis, who was shot in the shoulder and only just returned home this evening, said she didn't know why she survived but is thankful she did.

"I feel so sorry for the people that lost their loved ones," she said.

ABC News' Matt Gutman and Scott Shulman contributed to this report.