Multiple people killed in shooting at Texas church

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Multiple people have been killed and many more injured in a shooting Sunday at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities said.

A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing.

The shooter was killed after a brief chase north into neighboring Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Murphy said.

The FBI is responding to the scene of the shooting, according to Michelle Lee, spokeswoman for the FBI's San Antonio field office.

Local police also have responded to the scene, which occurred according to witnesses, at the First Baptist Church.

The witness, a cashier at a gas station across the street from the church, said she heard about 20 shots being fired in quick succession while a church service was underway around 11:30 a.m. local time.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. said that multiple people were killed and numerous people were injured in Sunday's shooting.

Reports of casualties are inconclusive, but Gamez said he's been told that more than 20 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded in the church attack, though he says those figures haven't been confirmed.

Sutherland Springs is in Wilson County, about 30 miles east of San Antonio and has a population of about 600 people.

The church records its services and posts the videos to YouTube. It is not known if the shooting was captured on camera.

President Donald Trump tweeted "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs." 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that prayers are with the victims of the "evil act."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted "keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers."

 

 

 


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