- At least 26 people were shot by a gunman who opened fire just before 11.30am
- The shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas
- A witness said among those who were shot in the attack was a two-year-old child
- Another witness said a man ‘in full gear’ walked into the church and opened fire
- Police confirmed that the gunman is dead and there is no longer a threat in area
At least 26 people have been killed inside a Texas church – including a two-year-old child – after a gunman dressed in full combat gear opened fire during the morning service before cops shot him dead.
The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.
Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 26 people have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb.
Details are still sketchy, as is the case in such events but here’s what we have gleaned so far:
- Sutherland Springs is a small town with around 400 residents, a few miles south-east of San Antonio
- The Sutherland Springs Baptist Church has about 50 or so members
- Officials are reporting as many as 26 dead including a young child, and more injured
- Witnesses claim to have heard semi-automatic fire and think the gunman reloaded more than once
- Gunman is reportedly dead, possibly killed by Law Enforcement or a citizen
At least 26 people have died after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services, police say.
The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County.
Police official Albert Gamez Jr confirmed the number of fatalities to CBS News.
The gunman, who is reported to have been killed in the aftermath, entered the church and opened fire at around 11:30 local time (17:30 GMT).
“The details are kind of sketchy but what I know right now, what they’re telling me, like 26 deceased and over 20, 25 injured,” Mr Gomez Jr said.
“They’re talking about the shooter is dead also,” he added.
One witness, Carrie Matula, told NBC News: “We heard semi-automatic gunfire… we’re only about 50 yards away from this church.”
“This is a very small community, so everyone was very curious as to what was going on.”
The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman’s motive.
(Oh GREAT!!! The F-B-I… Will we EVER figure out the shooter’s motive?)
The FBI also said that while only one shooter was reported, it was looking into other possibilities.
Photos and video from the scene showed the area taped off by local law enforcement.
A number of helicopters have arrived to transport the wounded, KSAT 12 reporter Max Massey said.
Texas governor Greg Abbott said: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response.”
He said more details would be released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shortly.
President Trump, on a tour of Asia, tweeted: “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”
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