UPDATE: Texas church shooting leaves at least 27 people dead

UPDATE: Texas church shooting leaves at least 27 people dead
FBI agents joined local law enforcement at the scene. * KSAT 12 / REUTERS photo
FBI agents joined local law enforcement at the scene. * KSAT 12 / REUTERS photo

(BBC) – At least 27 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 27 deceased and over 20, 25 injured,” Mr Gamez Jr said.

About 50 people usually attend the service, locals said.

“They’re talking about the shooter is dead also,” he added.

The gunman died after a brief car chase into nearby Guadalupe County slightly to the north, a Sherriff’s Office deputy from that county told CNN.

But it is not clear if he was killed by police or killed himself, the spokesman said.

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.”

Sutherland Springs is a small town with just a few hundred residents, which lies about 50km (30 miles) southeast of the city of San Antonio.

The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman’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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  1. Oh! No big deal! Most people in the US are used to dying by gun violence. They are extremely happy with the trade off having guns and enjoying the freedom of having violent deaths by them.

    The US has a very dumb electorate. The rest of the world knows that. There are going to be many more to follow this one. This is only just another massacre. What's news here?


  2. This just more proof there's no real God coz this is the second time this has happened in a so call house of God and he did nothing to stop d innocent from being killed in a place where people prayed in his name.


    • There is a misconception that God is the ruler of the world. If he was, those things would never happen. Satan is the ruler right now but God will reclaim the world one day. Hope you are ready.


    • So if good tings happens then you will say God is there? Be mindful of the fact that Satan uses whatever means he can to destroy is at any tym any point anywhere....God will rightfully deal with those ppl Someday...as he has said in his Word vengeance is his he will repay....my dear writer keep praying keep believing in God and he will reveal his goodness to u a he has done continuously....this world is not our final home..even Satan himself will b destroyed...


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