Multiple deaths in Texas church shooting

06 November, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Shooting at Texas Southern Baptist Church Kills 20 Worshipers

The killings are said to have begun about 11:30 a.m., local time, at the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, southeast of San Antonio, Texas, according to the BBC.

Details are still unclear.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told AFP there were multiple fatalities and multiple people wounded, but he could not officially confirm the number.

US President Donald Trump, on a visit to Japan, tweeted his concern, saying he was "monitoring the situation".

At least 27 people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services.

Several people were shot Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a rural church outside San Antonio.

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

Photos and video from the scene showed the area taped off by local law enforcement.

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News that at least 25 people were killed and 30 injured.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said his thoughts and prayers were with the victims and that "the details of this horrific act are still under investigation".

Joseph Silva, 49, who lives about seven kilometres northeast of Sutherland Springs, said the police had instructed his family and neighbors to stay indoors.

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

Around 50 people usually attend the church, according to reports.

There is a large police presence at the church.

Emergency personnel quickly rushed to the scene, with some victims evacuated by helicopter.

A sheriff's department dispatcher said everyone was at the scene and unavailable to comment.

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