In a phone interview on Sunday afternoon, he described Sutherland Springs as "a one-blinking-light town".
A local sheriff, Joe Tackitt, earlier stated that an undetermined number of people had been killed, and that many had been taken to the hospital.
A neighbour said the shooting happened just before noon local time at a time when there were about 50 people at the service.
Sutherland Springs is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio. Weekly YouTube videos of the church's Sunday service don't show many more people than that in attendance. Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ there are multiple deaths.
It is unclear whether the gunman was killed by officers or if his wounds were self-inflicted, Gamez said.
Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy, said in a text message that she lost her daughter "and many friends" in the Sunday shooting.
President Donald Trump tweeted from Japan that he is monitoring the situation.
The San Antonio FBI branch said its agents had been deployed, and there was no indication of the gunman's motive.
"We heard several shots and we all started running inside the store", said the woman, who said she is 49 but declined to give her name. Abbott's communications director tweeted that the governor is headed to Sutherland Springs for a briefing and media availability.
The incident took place at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small community of about 400 people located about 48km south east of San Antonio.
According toKSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.
The data agency said 18,000 more youths, aged 15 to 24, were employed in October, with all of the growth in full-time work. The consensus call among traders was for a 15,000-job advance, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada.
The victim, identified by police as Sauvignon Watkins, 28, of Chatham, ran into the Starbucks at Lawrence and Broadway. A 12-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the groin and was being treated at Ann & Robert H.
The U.S. government is recalling nearly 40 million fire extinguishers, for fear that the products may not work in an emergency. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 37.8 million fire extinguishers because they might not work in an emergency.
Delhi has a unique position under the Indian Constitution, with its own state assembly and an administrator in the form of an L-G. It asked the petitioners to file interlocutory pleas in the pending petition which will be taken up by Constitution bench.
It's fair to say that even the most optimistic bitcoin fans will have seen the currency rise beyond their expectations this year. These are just a few and widely varying, examples of where the bitcoin's value could head to in the next decade.
According to the Warren County Regional Jail's website, Boucher remained in jail as of Saturday afternoon with a bond of $5,000. Rand Paul suffered a minor injury Friday when he was " blindsided " and assaulted outside his home, police said.
The Washington Wizards could use a win after losing four of their last five games to get a game above a.500 record. Not only that, but they both firmly believed their Wizards were the best in the East .
Bush , also had some harsh words for his Republican successor: "This guy doesn't know what it means to be president". Bush's parents were clearly disturbed by the influence of Vice President Dick Cheney and neoconservative advisers.
Even if they had arrived at a deal, T-Mobile and Sprint would have faced heavy regulatory scrutiny to complete a merger. The companies issued a joint statement Saturday, after a week of speculation, saying they "have ceased talks".
India vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I
It is an opportunity for us to restrict them in the first innings; it gives us what we wanted to do out here. New Zealand went into the match dropping Tom Latham and Tim Southee and played Glenn Philips and Adam Milne.
Slaven Bilic to hold talks with West Ham United chairmen
Klopp said: "I decided after just one training session to bring Sadio in from the beginning". "It's a very hard situation for me". The other promoted team, Newcastle, conceded a last-minute goal to Bournemouth in a 1-0 loss.
Syrian army frees eastern city from ISIS, state media says
The battle has been ferocious, with heavy Russian air strikes and Syrian artillery fire leaving much of the city in ruins. The commander added that Iraqi forces have also established control over the nearby Al-Qaim border crossing.
BlizzCon 2017: Who's Moira, Overwatch's New Hero?
There were three huge announcements given for Overwatch at BlizzCon , Blizzard Entertainment's yearly conference, this year. The new hero, Moira, will be a support hero with the ability to switch and synergize between healing and dealing damage.
Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins
"Confusion seems to be one of the key words to describe what we're facing now", said Nicolas Moriello, a Delaware-based broker. The IRS has said it will start rejecting returns filed in 2018 that don't indicate whether the taxpayer had health insurance.