Gunman kills at least 25 at Texas church

Marie Harrington
November 6, 2017

According to the church's website, there was a worship service Sunday morning that began at 11 a.m.

Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN that at least 20 people were killed.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said authorities were still confirming the identity of the shooter at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Sunday's incident comes just five weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history shook Las Vegas, with 58 people killed. Eight of the wounded were transported to Brooke Army Medical Center and and seven others to area hospitals.

The FBI and Texas Rangers are reportedly on the scene. She said he then ran on foot before police took him down.

The pastor of the church and his wife were out of town during the shooting, but she told the Associated Press their daughter was one of the people who died. The FBI also was on the scene.

A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

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US President Donald Trump, on a visit to Japan, tweeted his concern, saying he was "monitoring the situation". Abbott's communications director tweeted that the governor is headed to Sutherland Springs for a briefing and media availability.

Emergency services arrived quickly to the scene while victims were rushed to hospital.

Sutherland Springs is 30 miles (48 kilometres) south east of San Antonio.

He said more details would be released by the Texas Department of Public Safety shortly.

Video on KSAT television showed first responders taking a stretch from the church to a waiting AirLife helicopter.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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