Gunman kills at least 25 at Texas church

06 November, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Grady King
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Authorities haven't said how many were killed or wounded, but a Wilson County commissioner, Albert Gamez, told cable news outlets that emergency officials told him more than 20 people were slain and more than 20 others were wounded, though those figures hadn't been confirmed.

The gunman was identified as Devin Kelley, 26, of nearby Comal County, Texas, two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to comment publicly told USA TODAY.

Initial reports suggested at least one child, a 2-year-old, was among those shot.

One of the victims of the mass shooting was the church's pastor Frank Pomeroy's daughter, Annabelle.

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"From what I've heard, someone just walked in and started shooting", she said. At least 27 people were killed and at least 27 injured after the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. "It's a small, tight-knit church".

"[The shooting] lasted about 15 seconds", Carrie Matula, a resident who was working at a gas station across the street from the church at the time of the shooting, told WPLG.

According to the church's website, there was a worship service Sunday morning that began at 11 a.m. "Our thanks to law enforcement for their response".

President Trump tweeted from his trip to Asia: "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas".

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"Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act", Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a post on Twitter.

Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our fearless first responders on the scene. Abbott's communications director tweeted that the governor is headed to Sutherland Springs for a briefing and media availability.

May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. "I am monitoring the situation from Japan", Trump said in a tweet.

Neither the suspect's identity nor any possible motive were disclosed by authorities.

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The NYPD and Federal Bureau of Investigation are still investigating Tuesday's attack. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the route as the parade began. 'We will be vigilant.

If initial casualty numbers hold, Sunday's shooting, which comes just 35 days after a gunman in Las Vegas shot and killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more, is the fourth-deadliest in American history.

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