Several people have been shot at a baptist church in Wilson County, TX on Sunday morning, local news outlets are reporting.
According to CBS affiliate KENS 5, police responded to reports of shots fired at the First Baptist Church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, TX — which is around 30 miles from San Antonio — where witnesses reported that several people had been shot, including a two-year-old child.
Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots at the church, and initial reports indicate at least 10-15 people killed, while the County Commissioner estimated at least 27 dead and 24 people injured, USA Today reported, though an official account hasn’t been released.
Source in TX tells me as many as 10-15 dead in church shooting in Sutherland Springs, near San Antonio; suspect is down
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) November 5, 2017
Law enforcement confirmed there were “multiple casualties and fatalities” after a man walked into the church and opened fire. Police said the shooter has been “taken down” and is now dead. According to CNN, the shooter was killed after a brief chase into Guadalupe County, which is next to Wilson County.
Rescue crews reportedly airlifted at least some of the victims to medical facilities.
Mass shooting at a Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooter has been killed. Pray for these people!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) November 5, 2017
As reports of the shooting surfaced online, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted a condolence statement.
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon,” Abbott said on Twitter
Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from DPS soon. https://t.co/KMCRmOPkiM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 5, 2017
Special agents from ATF’s Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to a shooting at a church in Sutherland Spring, TX pic.twitter.com/LCyt7EydbZ
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) November 5, 2017