Gunman kills 27 during Sunday church service in Texas, shooter dead

Gunman kills 27 during Sunday church service in Texas, shooter dead

The shooting, which took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, is the second mass shooting in the less than two months.

Authorities have not confirmed the number of fatalities, but a Wilson County commissioner, Albert Gamez, said he was told by emergency officials that more than 20 people were slain and more than 20 others were wounded.

Reports also say as many as 30 were wounded.

The official said the gunman fled in a vehicle after the attack and was killed, either by a self-inflicted wound or during a confrontation with police. Among those killed at the white clapboard church was a 14-year-old girl named Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, according to her father, Frank Pomeroy, who is a pastor at the church.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, now in Japan, tweeted to say that the FBI was investigating the shooting.

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

Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemned the incident labelling it as an "evil act". "The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene", he said on Twitter. "More details from DPS (Department of Public Safety) soon".

"We are hearing names of the victims, and it's devastating", Matula said.

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University Health System in San Antonio it was caring for 10 patients, at least four of them children.

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

Among the injured, 10 have been transported to nearby trauma hospital, one most severe was air lifted to San Antonio military center, while the others have been transferred to several close-by hospitals. The official toll has not yet been verified by law enforcement or local officials.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted: "Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our courageous first responders on the scene".

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The community of Sutherland Springs, where the population numbers in the hundreds, is a small unincorporated area in Wilson County approximately 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

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