27 dead in Texas church shooting

06 November, 2017, 01:25 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • State troopers guard the entrance to the First Baptist Church after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs Texas on November 6

The attack took place in Sutherland Springs, Texas at the First Baptist Church.

Sutherland Springs is in Wilson County, about 30 miles east of San Antonio. The lone terrorist (whose identity has not yet been released) has been killed while running away from Police after the mass slaughter.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas", Trump wrote. "I want to thank law enforcement for their response and ask that all Texans pray for the Sutherland Springs community during this time of mourning and loss".

About 860 people lived in the Sutherland Springs area as of 2010, according to the U.S. Census.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting an "evil act".

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also offered his thoughts and prayers, adding that "my office stands ready to assist local law enforcement as needed".

Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our fearless first responders on the scene. The shooter has been reportedly "taken down".

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The shooting comes just over a month after a gunman in Las Vegas, firing down from a hotel room, killed 58 people and wounded hundreds attending an outdoor concert. He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the scene.

Local news outlets report that several people have been shot at a Baptist Church in South Texas.

According to the witnesses, about 20 shots rang out about 11:30 a.m. (1730 GMT) during the church services, according to media reports.

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

There is a large police presence at the church.

Within minutes of the gunfire, emergency personnel arrived at the scene, she said. A sheriff's dispatcher declined to comment on the situation to USA TODAY, saying officials who could provide details were at the scene.

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