Reports Of A Mass Shooting At First Baptist Church In Texas

Kristopher Drake
November 6, 2017

A gunman entered a small church in southeast Texas and opened fire, killing at least 20 worshippers and wounding many others in the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States, according to authorities and media reports.

Details are still unclear.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt said there have been multiple fatalities from Sunday's incident, including the gunman.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that dozens of people had been killed.

Another local official who wished to remain anonymous said there are at least 25 dead and 15 wounded.

President Donald Trump tweeted, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas".

Emergency personnel respond to the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday.

Law enforcement officials works at the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Photos and video from the scene showed the area taped off by local law enforcement.

A neighbour said the shooting happened just before noon local time at a time when there were about 50 people at the service - if that number is correct then nearly the entire congregation have been killed or injured.

"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act", Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter.

First responders converged on the church in the small town and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.

Around 50 people usually attend the church, according to reports.

A woman who lives about 10 minutes away from Sutherland Springs in Floresville and was monitoring the chaos on a police scanner and in Facebook community groups, said that everyone knows everyone in the sparsely populated county.

A sheriff's department dispatcher says everyone is at the scene and unavailable to comment.

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