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Gunman wounds several during Sunday church service in Texas

06 November, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Texas Church Mass Shooting At Least 15 Shot, Multiple Deaths Gunman Reportedly Dead

Federal law enforcement swarmed the scene to offer assistance, including ATF investigators and members of the FBI's evidence collection team.

A gunman opened fire inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Sunday, killing and injuring multiple people, authorities said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said agents from its San Antonio office were responding to the shooting.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the shooting from Japan, where he is in the middle of a 12-day, five-country Asian trip, writing, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas". We will provide more details as they become available.

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.

A local sheriff, Joe Tackitt, earlier stated that an undetermined number of people had been killed, and that many had been taken to the hospital.

Initial reports suggested at least one child, a 2-year-old, was among those shot.

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

Mr Silva said he had been approached by a woman who said she had two loved ones at the church who were shot.

More than 24 people were injured in the horrific shooting. It was unclear whether the shooter died from a police bullet or at his own hand, as per media reports. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.

There is a large police presence at the church in Sutherland Springs, which 48 kilometres southeast of San Antonio.

Several fire and police vehicles arrived at the church while a helicopter was seen taking victims to hospitals.

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