Multiple Shooting Victims At Texas Baptist Church - Death Count Unknown

Nov 06, 2017, 00:20
Multiple Shooting Victims At Texas Baptist Church - Death Count Unknown

A mass shooting at a small church in mid-Texas has left up to 27 people dead, including children, while many more have been wounded, according to reports.

- The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. local time at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, approximately 40 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Neither the suspect's identity nor any possible motive were disclosed by authorities.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center is assessing victims, a spokesperson told CNN, though the number of victims is not known at this point. The paper notes that Tackitt "confirmed there were multiple casualties and multiple fatalities". The gunman has been killed, he said.

President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan, where is his on an Asian trip, that he was monitoring the situation following the shooting.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas". The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. It was unclear whether the shooter died from a police bullet or at his own hand, as per media reports.

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

The white-painted, one-story structure features a small steeple and a single front door.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about Sunday's incident. Weekly YouTube videos of the church's Sunday service don't show many more people than that in attendance.

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

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