At least 27 thought killed in United States church shooting

At least 27 thought killed in United States church shooting

Kerry Wise
November 6, 2017

Local and state law enforcement were responding to the scene.

Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, Texas, told The New York Times she did not know exactly how many patients the hospital had received, but more were continuing to arrive.

First responders converged on the church in the small town and helicopters are taking victims to hospitals.

A longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas avoided being caught up in the deadly shooting at the church after deciding not to attend Sunday prayers.

While the exact casualty number is not known, a county commissioner, Albert Gomez, stated that as many as 27 were dead as a result of the mass shooting.

Devin Keen, another local officer, said "there were kids involved" in the shooting, including a two-year-old.

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Police have confirmed the man who opened fire is now dead following a short pursuit and said there were "multiple victims". Sunday's incident comes just five weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history shook Las Vegas, with 58 people killed.

Trump is in Japan as part of a 12-day, five-country Asian trip. It is unclear whether police shot the assailant or the gunman killed himself.

Sutherland Springs is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response", he tweeted, promising more details "soon".

The FBI is on the scene, according to reports.

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

The church is a white, wood-framed building with a double-door at the entrance and a Texas flag on a pole at the front area, according to its website, which was down shortly after the shooting.