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

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

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

The shooter was reportedly killed after a brief chase north into neighbouring Guadalupe County, according to Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy, reported CNN.

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

Connally Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Megan Posey said the hospital in nearby Floresville had received fewer than a dozen patients. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump wrote on Twitter.

He also said, "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs".

It was not immediately clear if the church was holding services at the time of the shooting.

Abbot is en route to Sutherland Springs to speak with law enforcement and the victims. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response", he tweeted, promising more details "soon". It's unclear if he was killed by police or took his own life.

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

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

It appears that there are 27 confirmed deaths from the awful attack and dozens more injured.

President Trump, who is in the midst of a 5-nation tour in Asia, said Sunday he is monitoring the incident from Japan.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling a reported shooting at a church in a small town outside San Antonio an "evil act".

Within minutes of the gunfire, emergency personnel arrived at the scene, she said.

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

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